What is ISO 14001?
ISO 14001 is an international standard for environmental management systems (EMS). The standard provides a set of requirements that organizations must implement to improve their environmental performance. ISO 14001 was created by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which is a non-governmental organization comprised of member bodies from over 160 countries. The goal of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities to ensure the consistent quality of goods and services provided to customers.
ISO 14001:2015 Version
ISO 14001 was initially created in 1996, and the current version is ISO 14001:2015, published in 2015. It was developed by experts from a wide range of industry sectors with input from environmental professionals, governments, and NGOs. ISO 14001 is constantly revised to incorporate the most up-to-date information to help organizations continuously improve their environmental performance.
What is the Importance of ISO 14001?
ISO 14001 helps organizations implement an EMS to reduce their environmental impact, improve their operations, and make the world a better place. Organizations use ISO 14001 to identify important environmental aspects of their business and work towards eliminating inefficiencies, in addition to complying with environmental laws and regulations.
For example, many countries have strict environmental standards that all businesses must meet when manufacturing products to be sold within the country. Many multinational companies implement an ISO 14001 EMS to help ensure they remain compliant with local requirements. However, local laws and regulations often do not cover every aspect of the business’s environmental impact. ISO 14001 helps organizations identify risks associated with their products or services, and ensures they remain compliant with all aspects of their operations.
What is an Environmental Management System (EMS)?
An EMS documents how a business manages the environmental aspects of its activities, products, and services. It enables organizations to better understand their current state of environmental impact and where they might focus efforts to improve. An ISO 14001-certified organization has adopted systematic procedures for identifying and evaluating relevant environmental impacts that may arise during its operations, eliminating these impacts wherever possible, and documenting progress towards meeting environmental goals. It is only after the organization has adopted ISO 14001 that it can then begin to address these important aspects of its business through an EMS.
What is ISO 14001 Certification?
ISO 14001 certification is external validation that a company has implemented an effective EMS. It serves as proof that the organization is committed to improving its environmental performance, goes through regular evaluations for improvement, and is continually informed about changes in relevant laws and regulations.
What are the Benefits of ISO 14001 Certification?
By achieving ISO 14001 certification, organizations can demonstrate their commitment to reducing environmental impacts and improving the sustainability of their business. The following are some of the benefits of successfully implementing ISO 14001 standards in an organization:
- Greater access to international markets
- Help protect the environment by limiting business activities that negatively impact the environment
- Increase opportunities for government contracts and tenders.
- Improve financial performance of the business by reducing costs associated with waste disposal and compliance issues.
- Reduce long term impact of doing business on local communities and ecosystems
How to Achieve ISO 14001 Certification?
An organization can choose to implement ISO 14001 standards and then go through a certification process with an accredited certification body, such as IAS.
The process begins by defining the scope of ISO 14001 which includes identifying all processes and activities that can significantly impact environmental performance. These are documented in the EMS (e.g., product design, manufacturing, energy use). Then, the organization must identify risks to achieving its environmental goals and take steps to eliminate or mitigate these risks. It must also establish procedures for monitoring and reporting progress towards achieving its environmental goals.
Once the EMS has been established, it can be audited by an accredited body such as IAS to verify that it is working effectively. Once IAS has verified that the EMS is well-defined and operational, it can then issue an ISO 14001 certificate. Once this certificate has been issued, the organization must go through regular audits to ensure that it continues to improve its environmental performance.
Cost of ISO 14001 Certification
The cost of implementing ISO 14001 varies depending on the following factors:
- The size of the organization
- The number of employees
- The number of sites
- The organization’s scope of activities
Contact IAS today for a free consultation to understand more about the costs associated with ISO Certification.
About IAS – Egypt’s Most Popular ISO 14001 Certification Body
IAS is a global business that prides itself in supporting companies throughout their journey towards implementing environmental management standards such as ISO 14001. With our extensive experience in auditing and certifying organizations towards ISO 14001, we are able to provide clients with leading-edge services for ensuring compliance with ISO standards. IAS works with its clients to develop a customized EMS. We also offer all the services needed from the beginning of the implementation process until certification has been achieved.
Is your organization ready to get ISO 14001 certified? Contact IAS today for a free consultation!