ISO 14001: Environmental Management Systems
ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard for environmental management systems. It is applicable to any type of organisation regardless of size, location or business sector. Implementation of ISO 14001 provides you with a way to track, manage and improve environmental performance.
More and more businesses are realising their environmental obligation to lower their carbon footprint and improve environmental processes. As a result, environmental credibility is becoming a very important factor in national and international competitiveness.
Reduce waste, increase value
Reducing environmental impact by decreasing energy costs, lowering disposal costs, and treating solid and hazardous waste are just some of the ways companies are able to save money and improve their corporate image.
ISO 14001 can cut environmental-related costs thereby helping you to increase profits as well as opening up more business opportunities. It can also reduce or eliminate the chances of legal action from environmental agencies.
Basic ISO 14001 requirements:
- Comply with national and international environmental law and legislation
- Prevent pollution or negative environmental impact by your organisation
- Develop and implement effective environmental controls in line with the global standards and benchmarks
- Develop environmental solutions for your business
Avox Systems Inc
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Kane Group Building Services Ltd
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3D Barrier Bags
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The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd
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Transitioning to ISO 14001:2015
Clients holding ISO 14001:2004 need to be aware that this standard has a deadline of September 2018 to transfer to the 2015 version of the standard.
ISO 14001 has been revised to ensure it is up to date with the latest business trends so here are some of the key changes to be aware of:
- All ISO MS standards will now have a common 10-clause structure, so it will be easier to integrate it into your business systems
- 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
ISO 14001:2015 can cut environmental related costs thereby helping you to increase profits as well as opening up more business opportunities.