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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 organisations identify, manage and control those activities that have an environmental impact.

Download a copy of the NSAI ISO 14001 information guide

Download a copy of the ISO publication 'Introduction to ISO 14001:2015'

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 organisation 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 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 ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management

Who is it for?

Every organisation, 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 organisations, 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 organisation 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

  • I.S. EN ISO 14004:2016 - Environmental managment systems - General guidelines on implementation
  • I.S. EN ISO 14031:2013 - Environmental management - Environmental performance evaluation - Guidelines
  • I.S. EN ISO 14006:2011 - Environmental management systems - Guidelines for incorporating ecodesign
  • ISO 14001:2015 - A practical guide for SMEs: This booklet aims to help small businesses understand the requirements of an environmental management system and to help them implement ISO 14001 successfully

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9th March 2018 

The latest NSAI Workshop  on  ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 finished yesterday in Galway after a week of successful events held in Cork, Ennis and Dublin.   A similar round of events was also held in November 2017.   The workshop presentation given at both events is available to view here.   

NSAI Transition Policy - ISO 14001:2015

14 March 2017

NSAI Certification has just completed its latest Roadshow 'ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 9001:2015 - An Organisations View'.
​Hosting 8 seminars over 7 locations throughout Ireland NSAI Certification staff and clients gave presentations on, and insights to, the transition to ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 9001:2015.

This NSAI presentation relating to this Roadshow is available to view here

NSAI EMS Questionnaire (MS Word copies are available from your NSAI Auditor)

During our ISO 14001/ISO 9001 Transition Roadshows, which began in 2014, NSAI certified organisations shared and presented on their individual journeys to successful transition.

NSAI would like to thank the following organisations for taking part and for their valued contribution to these events.  Presentations, where available, are attached.

Airpacks Ltd t/a KORE

Antaris Consulting

Coyle Kennedy Ltd


Kirby Group Engineering Ltd

Pilz International Services Group

Playprint Ltd


Tobin Consulting Engineers

Zenith Technologies