ISO 14001: Environment Management System

ISO 14001:2004

The ISO 14001:2004 standard is a framework for Environmental Management that the International Organization for Standardization has published in 1996 and revised on November 2004.

The ISO 14001 standard sets out the requirements for an Environmental Management System (EMS) which can be employed by an organization to measure and document their environmental footprints. The standard is based on the principle of continual improvement of an organization’s Environmental Performance. The standard utilizes the concept of Plan – Do – Check – Act, thus causing improvement. It consists a set of requirements that a company has to address and implement in its activities. The basic purpose is to continually improve the environmental performance.

ISO 14001:2004 is applicable to any business that wishes to establish, implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system and conform to its stated environmental policy.

ISO 14001:2015

Our impact on the environment is increasing, there’s no denying that. And we need to better understand and manage our impact. Responding to our planet’s ecological challenges, the revision of ISO 14001 supports organizations in reducing their environmental impact and understanding the effect the environment has on their business.

The key changes relate to:

  • Its High Level Structure and terminologies. And made more compatible with other management systems.
  • Increased prominence of environmental management within the organization's strategic planning processes.
  • Greater focus on leadership.
  • Addition of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation.
  • Improving environmental performance added.
  • Lifecycle thinking when considering environmental aspects.
  • Addition of a communications strategy.

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