Everything you need to know about ISO 14001:2015, Environmental Management

Awareness of environmental issues is now growing significantly in most countries.
In addition, countries are increasingly concerned about adopting legislation to protect the environment and, on the other hand, customers are asking suppliers to incorporate best practices and demonstrate compliance with environmental requirements.

The publication of ISO 14001:2015 – environmental management is proving to be a successful action. As proof, organisations in more than 170 countries see this standard as a powerful tool for managing environmental issues that supports their performance.

More and more organisations are working to improve operations and reduce negative environmental impacts caused by processes, services or products through systematic approaches incorporated into the ISO 14001:2015 standard – environmental management.
The benefits of these approaches are quick to emerge and are closely linked to business performance, as well as influencing brand reputation, as consumers tend to become increasingly aware of companies’ responsible practices.

What is ISO 14001:2015 – environmental management?
At Systema we believe that it is the cornerstone of environmental issues.
ISO 14001:2015 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements of the environmental management system.
At the same time, the ISO 14001:2015 standard outlines the requirements of an environmental management system that an organisation can use to improve its environmental performance.
The ISO 14001:2015 standard is intended for use by an organisation that manages its environmental aspects in a systematic way and lays the sustainable foundations of its environmental pillar.

What criteria does your organisation need to meet to achieve ISO 14001:2015 environmental management certification?
ISO 14001:2015 applies to any organisation, regardless of size, type and nature, and applies to environmental aspects, products and services that the organisation claims it can control or influence from a life cycle perspective. ISO 14001:2015 does not set specific environmental performance criteria. Furthermore, ISO 14001:2015 can be used in whole or in part to improve the management of environmental aspects. Compliance with ISO 14001:2015 is demonstrable only when all requirements of the standard are incorporated into the organisation’s environmental management system and are met without exception.

What do you need to know if you have achieved ISO 14001:2015 environmental management certification?
In line with the organisation’s environmental policy, the expected outcomes of the environmental management system include: improving performance, meeting compliance obligations and achieving environmental objectives.

What benefits will the implementation of ISO 14001:2015 – environmental management bring to your organisation?
There are multiple reasons why an organisation should take a strategic approach to improving environmental performance.

We list a few:

  • reduced waste management costs
  • savings in energy and material consumption, reduced raw material costs
  • compliance with current and future legal and regulatory requirements
  • better involvement of management and employees
  • improved company reputation and stakeholder confidence through strategic communication
  • achieving strategic business objectives by incorporating environmental issues into business management
  • competitive and financial advantage through improved efficiency and reduced costs
  • encouraging suppliers’ environmental performance by integrating them into the organisation’s business systems

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