ISO 14001:2015 is the international standard that specifies the requirements for an environmental management system (EMS).
An EMS is 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 provides a framework for businesses to stay commercially successful while also considering their environmental responsibilities.
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Benefits of ISO 14001
Implementing an ISO 14001-compliant EMS will help your organisation meet its environmental objectives and:
- Reduce waste management expenses.
- Save on the consumption of energy and materials.
- Lower distribution costs.
- Enhance its corporate reputation.
- Gain a competitive advantage and the ability to win contracts.
- Improve compliance and corporate risk management.
- Enhance 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 several 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 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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