ISO 14001:2015 is the international standard that specifies the requirements for an environmental management system (EMS) – a framework for an organisation to control the environmental impacts of its activities, products and services, and to continually improve its environmental performance.
ISO 14001 has undergone a revision and the new, updated Standard was published in September 2015. ISO 14001:2015 requires businesses to adopt a more strategic, integrated and holistic approach when implementing and managing an EMS.
The Standard enables businesses to remain commercially successful without overlooking their environmental responsibilities, and applies to those environmental aspects that the organisation can control and over which it can be expected to have an influence.
There are now over 301,000 ISO 14001 certificates across the world, with an increase of over 17,000 in 2014 alone.
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What are the benefits of using ISO 14001?
Implementing an ISO 14001-compliant EMS will help your organisation:
- A reduction in waste management expenses
- Savings in the consumption of energy and materials
- Lower distribution costs
- Corporate reputational benefits
- A competitive advantage and the ability to win contracts
- Improved compliance and corporate risk management
- Better stakeholder relationships and customer trust
ISO 14001 Certification
Accredited certification to ISO 14001 demonstrates that you have implemented best practice. According to the latest ISO Survey, there are more than 300,000 certifications to the Standard in more than 170 countries around the world.
Transitioning requirements for ISO 14001:2015
Companies are now expected to start aligning with the new standard and to bring their practices into line with the latest requirements. A three-year transition period to ISO 14001:2015 has been set by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
Integration with other management system standards
ISO 14001 follows Annex SL, which sets out the high-level structure, core text for sub-clauses and requirements, and a number of common terms and core definitions for newer ISO management system standards.
Organisations that have implemented or are certified to any of the other Annex SL ISO management system standards – such as ISO 9001, ISO 22301 and ISO 27001 – should have many of the components common to most management systems in place. Expanding the management system scope to address environmental issues and the environment-specific requirements in ISO 14001:2015 should then be relatively straightforward.
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