What is ISO 14001?
ISO 14001 is an Environmental Management System that helps to reduce your environmental footprint. It does this by reducing not only energy and waste, but by helping you to control any environmental impacts. It also keeps you abreast and in line with environmental legislation applicable to your business.
ISO 14001 is often a prerequisite when tendering as businesses come under ever increasing pressures from regulators, Government and their customers.
Organisations seek to improve their corporate image by choosing to work with companies that can prove they are environmentally responsible.
Attaining ISO 14001 makes a powerful statement that your organisation is committed to protecting the environment.
ISO 14001 is an EMS – Environmental Management System which is designed to:-
- Help companies demonstrate their compliance to environmental legislation
- Reduce their environmental footprint
- Reduce their energy usage and waste streams
- Streamline their operation where environmental issues are involved
- Plan for the future
What’s involved in creating an EMS?
The framework of the standard sets out how an organisation can implement policies and processes (operations) etc. that defines the scope of the organisation, i.e. what, where and who you need to cover etc. You will need to understand your organisations internal & external context to improve EMS issues.
You will also need to determine potential risks & opportunities.
The standard covers areas such as:-
- Life cycle – consider the impacts and aspects of the life cycle of the product
- The development of an Environmental Policy
- The design of a method for Environmental planning
- Its implementation, trial and development to ensure it is practical and realistic in its operation
- The creation of a register of all relevant environmental legislation
- Audit training, management meeting and preparation for UKAS assessment to ensure a successful outcome
What type of company can implement ISO 14001?
Any business in any sector can implement ISO 14001.
What are some of the benefits?
- Legal Compliance to Government Legislation
- Preferred by Tenders
- Reduction in Energy Usage
- Reduction in Waste
- Improved Efficiency
- Improves Corporate Image
- Increased Sales
- Able to Manage & Monitor Environmental Risks
- Potential Reduction in Insurance Premiums