ISO 14001:2015 is an environmental management standard that defines the environmental policy of an organisation. This standard helps organisations to protect the environment, check pollution, and improve their overall environmental performance.
ISO 14001 is a useful tool for an organisation to step up from just maintaining regulatory compliance to an organisation with improved productivity and enhanced competitive advantage.
Develop an environmental policy for your organization. Your policy should make it clear that your organization supports the establishment of an environmental management system. It should also make it clear that you are committed to protecting the environment and improving your organization’s environmental performance.
Establish an environmental management system (EMS). An EMS is a network of interrelated elements. These elements include responsibilities, authorities, relationships, functions, processes, practices, procedures, and resources.
Identify the most significant environmental aspects of your past, present, and future activities, products, and services. An environmental aspect is any feature or characteristic of an activity, product, or service that has or could have an impact on the environment.
Clarify and respect the legal and other requirements that apply to your organization’s environmental aspects. ISO 14001 wants you to identify and meet these requirements.
Set environmental objectives and targets for all relevant functions and levels within your organization. Your objectives and targets should address significant environmental aspects and be consistent with your environmental policy.
Create programs to implement your environmental policy and achieve your environmental objectives and targets. Make sure that your programs allocate responsibility for implementing your environmental policy and achieving your environmental objectives and targets.
Evaluate your environmental management system in order to identify opportunities for improvement. ISO 14001 expects you to monitor, measure, audit, and review your EMS in order to identify corrective and preventive actions and to improve your overall environmental performance. It also expects you to make sure that your environmental policy is appropriate and being applied, and that your environmental objectives and targets are being achieved.
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.
Context, Risk & Opportunity.
Introduction of Organization Obligations.
ISO 14001:2015 is long term ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM standard expected to be in existence till 2030.
It is applicable to any organization who cares for environment.
All industrial sectors
All Service Sectors
All Public Sector Units (PSU)
All Government Organization
Health Care Sector
Any small / medium / large business organization
DRIVERS FOR CERTIFICATION
A well-defined environmental management system is essential for an organisation to manage environmental aspects like emission and handling of waste. It is important for the efficient utilisation of resources and energy. Some of the benefits of the ISO 14001 certification are :
Reduce energy and other resource consumption.
Use of natural resources.
Disposal of unwanted resources.
Address environmental issues before they become a problem .
Establish regular reports and implement monitoring system.
Increase efficiency and reduce wastage and pollution control cost.
Bankers and Backers concerns.
Reduce insurers requirements.
Highly visible marketing tool .
Make “ GREEN “ corporate image.
Increase employee confidence.
LEGISLATION & REGULATION
Ability to meet National / International legislation.