ISO 14001 - Environmental Management System Standard



With rising public awareness of the need to protect our environment, governments and businesses are under increasing pressure to minimize their environmental footprint and promote sustainable development.

The Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Standard has been developed to help organizations identify, manage and control those activities that have an environmental impact.

 

Reducing your environmental footprint

Through a combination of analysis and action most organizations can transform the way they interact with the environment by, for example:
 
  • Cutting down on waste
  • Lowering energy use
  • Using renewable resources
  • Avoiding risk and preventing pollution
  • Complying with regulatory and legal requirements
  • Designing for the complete product lifecycle.
By moving towards a cleaner, greener way of working, an organization can become a model of good citizenship, enhancing its public image in the process.

This in turn can lead to:
 
  • Strengthened stakeholder confidence
  • Greater competitive advantage
  • More secure long-term viability.

ISO 14001

In 1996, the International Standards Organization (ISO) published the  Environmental Management Standard, ISO 14001. This was revised in 2004.

The Standard is designed to be compatible with other management standards, particularly the widely used ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard, OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Management and EN 16001: Energy Management.

 

Who is it for?

Every organization, whether it's involved in manufacturing, services or trade, has an impact on the environment and can therefore benefit from ISO 14001.

In over 150 countries around the world, industrial companies, service organizations, utilities and public bodies have embraced ISO 14001 as their preferred model for environmental management.

They range from giant multinational corporations to the not-for-profit sector, from national governments to small family businesses. 

 

What it does

ISO 14001 recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-all way of tackling environmental challenges. Every organization is different. The Standard is flexible and does not seek to dictate the detail of your environmental policy.

Instead, ISO 14001 sets out broad principles which can help you to:
 
  • Establish good environmental performance as a strategic objective
  • Sustain continual improvement of environmental performance
  • Look at your products from ‘cradle to grave’
  • Reduce waste and pollution
  • Analyse, plan, control and monitor all activities that may have an environmental impact
  • Comply with legislative and regulatory requirements
  • Demonstrate to regulators, stakeholders and other interested third parties that you have an efficient environmental management system.

Companion Standards

  • (COMING SOON) I.S. EN 14005:2011:  Environmental management systems - Guidelines for the phased implementation of an environmental management system, including the use of environmental performance evaluation.
  • I.S. EN ISO 14004:2004:  Environmental management systems - General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques
  • I.S. EN ISO 14031:2000:  Environmental Management - Environmental performance evaluation - Guidelines
NSAI will not be offering certification to the phased implementation standard, ISO 14005:2011, but will offer gap assessments to ISO 14001:2004 using ISO 14005 as a grading system of maturity and readiness.


Find out more


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Download a copy of the NSAI ISO 14001:2004 detailed guide 

You can also watch a video on ISO 14001 from ISO which verbally explains the Standard.



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