ISO 14000 is a series of international standards on environmental management. One of the series of standards is ISO 14001, an internationally accepted specification for an Environmental Management System (EMS). It specifies requirements for establishing an environmental policy, determining the environmental aspects and impacts, planning the environmental objectives and targets, implementation and operation of programmes to meet them, checking, corrective action and management review. Compliance to environmental regulation is also an element that is addressed in the standard.
Another commonly known document within the series is ISO 14004 which provides guidelines on the development and implementation of an EMS.
Benefits of Implementing ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
ISO 14001 provides uncountable benefits - both tangible and intangible. A typical organisation would enjoy the following:
- improved corporate image among regulators, customers and the public
- improved perception and understanding of key environmental issues by all within the organisation
- a framework for continuous improvement of the organisation’s environmental performance and an improved ability to comply with regulatory requirements
- measures taken to generate less waste will lead to reduced product, material handling and waste disposal costs that can be ploughed back into the business
- increased efficiency and better use of energy and raw materials will invariably lead to savings and a more profitable business
- a strong environmental image can help to attract environmentally conscious customers and in this, expand market share
- increased awareness and environmentally conscious actions will lead to betterment of the environment for the community and the nation at large.
The purpose of this International Standard is to provide organisations with a framework to protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in balance with socio-economic needs. It specifies requirements that enable an organisation to achieve the intended outcomes it sets for its environmental management system. Consistent with the organisation’s environmental policy, the intended outcomes of an environmental management system include:
- enhancement of environmental performance;
- fulfilment of compliance obligations; and
- achievement of environmental objectives.
What’s new in this ISO 14001:2015 standard?
This third edition of the standard places enhanced focus on leadership
and will be a better strategic fit due to increased alignment with organisation’s strategic direction. This will increase prominence of environmental management within the organization's strategic planning processes.
The organisation will need to consider life-cycle perspective
when determining the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services. To achieve the above-mentioned intended outcomes, proactive initiatives to protect the environment
from harm and degradation need to be implemented. The environmental performance
shall be continually improved and driven through a communication
strategy. This will result in more holistic approach to the system.
In addition, the latest standard follows a common structure, i.e. Annex SL High Level Structure (HLS) using common terms and definitions identical with other new management system standards such as ISO 9001. This makes it easier for those companies who use more than one management system standards.
BSI Neville Clarke provides ISO 14001:2015 training courses to help organisation in planning for transition as well as learn skills to help implement and audit this new standard.
ISO 14001:2015 Training Programmes
- ISO 14001:2015 Interpretation
- ISO 14001:2015 Interpretation and Application
- ISO 14001:2015 Strategic Approach to Risk-Based Thinking
- ISO 14001:2015 Internal Auditor Training (Process Risk and Performance Based Approach)
- Practical Environmental Aspect Determination (Based on ISO 14001:2015)
- Malaysian Environmental Laws Interpretation & Application
- IRCA Certified ISO 14001:2015 Auditor Transition Training Package (IRCA Reference A17956+A17967)
- IRCA Certified ISO 14001:2015 Auditor Transition Training Course Module 2 – EMS (IRCA Reference: A17967)