ISO 14001:20014 / ISO 14001:2015 Environment standard
ISO 14001:2004 / 14001:20015 are standards that describe the requirements of an environmental system. It has recently been revised and the latest edition is ISO 14001:20015. The previous version was ISO 14001:2004 and at present most organisations are still certified according to this edition.
The standard may be used by all organisations regardless of size and type. The standard is meant to address the outside environment and must not be not be confused with “environment” related to HSE. ISO 14001:2004 / 14001:20015 are based on the principle of “continuous improvement”.
In a society that constantly requires increased consciousness about the environment it is becoming more and more important for organisations to show that they consider how their operations affect the environment. ISO 14001:2004 / 14001:20015 contains a requirement for organisations to do so.
Typical factors that have an impact on the environment:
- Pollution of soil, water and air
- Waste generation
- Depletion of resources
- Release of greenhouse gases.
ISO 14001:2004 / 14001:20015 Advantages
Implementing and maintaining an environmental management system will assist organisations in ensuring that their operation is according to rules and regulations and contribute to reduction of costs and increased efficiency.
How ISO 14001:2004 / 14001:20015 may benefit the organisation:
- Waste, recycling and consumption cost savings
- Improved communication with stakeholders
- Managing environmental risks
- Improve chances over competitors when tendering for business
- Compliance with international and local environment requirements
- Show willingness to improve the environment
- Increased environmental awareness within the organisation
- Reduction of insurance fees.
Most organisations will benefit from working in accordance with or be ISO 14001:2004 / 14001:20015 certified.