ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System

ISO 14001 : 2015


ISO 14001:2015 sets out an internationally accepted framework for a environmental management system. It can be utilised and implemented by any organisation whether, large or small, regardless of its field of activity.

Publisher: International Organization for Standardization
Current version (published date): 09-2015
Original Publication Date: 09-1996
Other Names:
  • EMS (Environmental Management System)
  • 14001
  • AS ISO 14001:2016
Other Standards
Commonly Implemented:

ISO 14001 requirements outlines a framework with guidelines for developing and implementing an environmental management system that covers your organisation's day-to-day impact on the environment, including its legal obligations.

Often a requirement when tendering for large / governmental work. If successfully implemented and externally certified - is internationally recognised as an "Environmental Management System (EMS)".

The EMS standard can be broken down into 7 major requirements that cover:
  • Context of the organization
  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Support
  • Operation
  • Performance evaluation
  • Improvement
Similar to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 is based on continual improvement and does not instruct you how to address the requirements, instead outlines WHAT elements are needed to develop an internationally recognised EMS.
Note: You can implement & adopt an EMS without having it certified.

Q. What type of company adopts ISO 14001?

A. In short any company can,
implementing an EMS promotes internally to your organisation that its impact on the environment is of importance.
The standard is adopted by office based businesses (low impact) through to large mining / industrial companies (high impact).
Having the system certified is a great way to externally promote your companies EMS.

Q. Cost of ISO 14001 Certification?

A. Certification costs can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including your current and future needs. We suggest utilising CC-Connect to help determine your costs.

Q. How do you develop / implement a EMS?

A. Your system will be 100% guided by it's current operational activities and legal obligations. It is important to understand the standard's requirements first, followed by mapping existing policies and processes with those requirements. Once you have identified any 'gaps', you will need to develop* policies and procedures to fulfill the unmet requirements.
*It is important to keep your system practical and flexible, as to allow for improvement over time.

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