ISO 14001

Environmental management systems

"I don't want to protect the environment. I want to create a world where the environment doesn't need protecting."

ISO 14000 is a family of standards developed the International Standards Organization as a tool for organizations that look to: minimize the way their operations affect the environment; comply with applicable laws and regulations and other environmental oriented requirements and continually improve their environmental performance.

Out of the ISO 14000 family of standards, ISO 14001 sets out the requirements for an environmental management system and is used for audit and certification. The ISO 14000 family also includes standards like ISO 14004, which provides guidelines on the implementation of an environmental management system or ISO 14006 that offers guidelines for eco-design.

ISO 14001 can be used by any organization regardless of size or activity be they private, not-for-profit or governmental and has been widely adopted with more than 300.000 certifications in over 170 countries according to the information provided by ISO.

It is agreed that an environmental management system implemented according to ISO 14001 helps organizations improve their environmental performance through a more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of stakeholders.

ISO 14001 requires that an organization considers all environmental issues relevant to its operations, such as air pollution, water and sewerage issues, waste management, soil contamination, climate change, mitigation and adaptation and resource use and efficiency.

The latest revision of ISO 14001 was in 2015 as it was published together with the revised ISO 9001:2015. An organization can decide to implement ISO 14001 on itself or integrated with other management system standards like ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 or ISO 50001 for example.


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Follow this link: ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems.