ISO 14001: Environment Management System [EMS]

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ISO 14001 was first published in 1996 and specifies requirements for an environmental management system. The ISO 14001 sets requirements for "environmental management". This means what the organization does to:

  • Improve organisation’s environmental performance by reducing harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities,

ISO 14001 is standard for environmental management. ISO 14001 specifies a set of environmental management requirements to help all types of organizations to

  • Protect the environment,
  • Prevent pollution, and
  • Improve their environmental performance.

ISO 14001 is also used as a tool to improve environmental performance, control costs and reduce risk.

ISO 14001 specifies requirements for

  • Organisation’s environmental policy,
  • Identification of Environmental Aspect and Impact due to its activities,
  • Prepare framework for identification of significant aspect
  • Environmental objectives & targets to reduce environmental impact
  • Environment management programs to meet objectives & targets,
  • Compliance to legal , statutory & other requirements,
  • Checking effectiveness at regular interval and take corrective & preventive actions.

Scope & Application

This International Standard specifies requirements for a framework for an environmental management system and it applies to those environmental aspects where an organization has control or influence. This standard does not specify criteria for environmental performance.

ISO 14001 requirements are intended to be incorporated into any environmental management system. The extent of the implementation depends on activities carried out by the organisation, environmental policy, product and services of the organization.

This International Standard is applicable to any organization that wishes to implement and environmental management system including:

  • Single location to large multi-national companies
  • Manufacturing and Engineering Industries
  • Process and Service Industries
  • High risk companies to low risk service organizations

ISO 14001 Requirements

ISO 14001 was designed by Environmental management Technical Committee ISO/TC 207, Subcommittee SC 1, Environmental management systems.

General Requirements

The organization shall establish, document, implement, maintain and continually improve an EMS in accordance with the ISO 14001 requirements. The organization shall define and document the scope of its environmental management system.

The level of implementation of the environmental management system, the size of documentation and the resources required for it depend on a number of factors, such as the Environmental policy, scope of the system, the size of an organization and the nature of its activities, products and services.

ISO 14001 requirements consists of:

  • General requirements
  • Environmental policy
  • Planning
  • Implementation and operation
  • Checking and corrective action
  • Management review

Documentation Requirements

The environmental management system documentation shall include

  1. Environmental policy, objectives and targets,
  2. Scope of the environmental management system,
  3. List of activities carried out by organisation their environmental aspect and impact
  4. Framework for identifying significant aspect
  5. Documents and records required for operation & control and
  6. Documents and records for effective implementation and monitoring of environmental management system.

ISO 14001 Implementation Benefits

  • Provide cost savings through the reduction of waste and more efficient use of natural resources ( water, gas and fossil fuels).
  • Tighten production processes, yieldinger efficiency and reduction in the risk of incidents.
  • Improve internal communications and morale - often leading to sound environmental solutions suggested by staff, who are the ultimate owners of your business processes.
  • Reduce insurance costs through demonstrating better risk management.
  • Lead to a better public perception of your organization and you could also gain a competitive advantage, leading to improved sales opportunities.
  • Policies and Objectives set by 'top management'
  • Improved internal and external Communications
  • Reduced wastage
  • Greater consistency and traceability of products and services
  • Understanding how statutory and regulatory requirements impact on the organization and your customers
  • Clear responsibilities and authorities agreed for all staff
  • Improved use of time and resources
  • Organisational Profitability
  • Reduced wastage
  • Improved morale and motivation
  • Customer Confidence, Satisfaction and Trust
  • Level of Assurance in Organisational Environmental Performance
  • Organisational Profitability
  • Ability to Differentiate Organisation for Competitive Advantage
  • Organisational Credibility & Reputation

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  • Team 4C has IRCA certified ISO 14001 auditors for Consulting Services
  • 400+ EMS implementation in 12 different industries
  • Hands on experience of Team 4C in implementing other Environmental & Energy Management standards such as RC14001 , ISO 14064, ISO 50001 will help to gain early benefits


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ISO 14001:2015 Know More

Who does ISO 14001 apply to?

ISO 14001:2015 can be applied to any type of business; organization or industry; service or manufacturing sector; for profit or non-profit operations; and irrespective of their size,. A wide range of industries, including; Agriculture, Forestry & Mining; Petrochemicals & Plastics, Food, Tobacco, Textiles & Wood products, Electronics & Instruments, Manufacturing, Metals & Machinery, etc. have taken an active role in implementing this standard.

Can existing environmental management activities be integrated into the EMS?

Yes. An EMS is flexible and does not require organizations to necessarily "retool" their existing activities. An EMS establishes a management framework by which an organization's impacts on the environment can be systematically identified and reduced. For example, many organizations, including counties and municipalities, have active and effective pollution prevention activities underway. These could be incorporated into the overall EMS.

If we decide to implement both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, do these have to be separate systems?

No. You can implement integrated management systems taking into account the requirements that are common among the standards. This integrated approach improves system efficiency and cuts costs, both internal costs and registration costs.