ISO 14001 specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to enhance its environmental performance. This standard is intended for use by an organization seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.
The standard helps an organization achieve the intended outcomes of its environmental management system, which provide value for the environment, the organization itself and interested parties. Consistent with the organization’s environmental policy, the intended outcomes of an environmental management system include:
· enhancement of environmental performance;
· fulfilment of compliance obligations;
· achievement of environmental objectives.
ISO 14001 is applicable to any organization, regardless of size, type and nature, and applies to the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services that the organization determines it can either control or influence considering a life cycle perspective.
The standard can be used in whole or in part to systematically improve environmental management. Claims of conformity to ISO 14001, however, are not acceptable unless all its requirements are incorporated into an organization’s environmental management system and fulfilled without exclusion.
There are more than 300,000 certifications to ISO 14001 in 171 countries around the world.
ISO 14001 has recently been updated
The new version follows a new, higher level structure to make it easier to use in conjunction with other management system standards, with increased importance given to risk.
I’m certified to ISO 14001:2004. What does this mean for me?
Organisations are granted a three-year transition period after the revision has been published to migrate their quality management system to the new edition of the standard. This means that organisations certified to ISO 14001:2004 have until March 2018 to have their quality management system recertified to ISO 14001:2015.
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