Environmental management system certification: ISO 14001
What is ISO 14001: Environmental management ?
ISO 14001 is a voluntarily applied international standard aimed at implementing an Environmental Management System within companies and organisations of all sizes, and in all business sectors. It is part of the ISO 14000 international standards framework (ISO 14000, ISO 14001 and ISO 14004, etc.), which apply to all environmental management.
The ISO 14001 standard defines specific requirements for an environmental management system (EMS) enabling an organisation to:
- Determine its significant environmental impacts.
- Develop an environmental policy.
- Establish objectives.
- Take regulatory requirements into account.
- Establish processes enabling it to comply with the commitments expressed in this environmental policy
- Take the necessary actions to increase its environmental performance.
It is fully integrated into the EMAS application (“Eco Management and Audit Scheme”), or SMEA in French (Système de Management Environnemental et d’Audit), created in 1993 by the European Union to provide a framework for voluntary eco-management approaches using an environmental management system (EMS).
The ISO 14001:2015 standard The current version of the ISO 14001 standard is that of 2015. This standard was published in September 2015 and replaces the ISO 14001:2004 standard.
The ISO 14001:2015 standard has a scope of action that has effects on both the certified organisation (or certification candidate) and stakeholders (customers, partners, lobbies, etc.).
Implementation of the ISO 14001:2015 standard aims to:
- Control the environmental impact of your activities
- Develop an environmental policy
- Provide proof of your commitment to global environmental conservation and protection.
ISO 14001 requirements and principles
Like the ISO 9001 and ISO 50001 standards, it is part of the management systems standards framework based on the continuous improvement principle and approach (of environmental performance for ISO 14001). Regardless of the company's activity, the requirements of an EMS are the same, regardless of its level of control of environmental issues.
The requirements of an EMS are broken down into 18 environmental requirements and 6 chapters, including:
- General requirements
- Environmental policy
- Implementation of actions to comply with the environmental policy
- Controls and corrective actions
- Management review
The requirements are the same for all organisations wishing to obtain their ISO 14001 certification. It is aimed at organisations of all types and sizes, regardless of the geographical, cultural and social conditions.
Certification of your environmental management system according to the ISO 14001 standard allows you to prove that you comply with the environmental policy that you have set yourself. This request for certification is more broadly in line with your quality, CSR and environmental approach.
Who should attend ISO 14001: Environmental management
ISO 14001 certification is intended for any public or private organisation, regardless of its size or sector of activity, wishing to control and reduce its environmental impact.
The validity period of ISO 14001 certification: Environmental Management System is 3 years, subject to annual monitoring audits. Renewal of the certification requires a renewal audit, which is performed by a different auditor and which aims to confirm that there is no major non-conformity with the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard.
This service is carried out under COFRAC accreditation (according to ISO 17021-1) for the certification of management systems.
|Accreditation No. 4-0552 - scope available on the www.cofrac.fr website.|
The benefits of ISO 14001: Environmental management
Here is a list of some of the benefits for an ISO 14001 certified organisation:
- Identification of the environmental aspects of your activities, products and services.
- Reduction of pollution.
- Compliance with regulatory requirements.
- Transparent communication with staff, local residents, customers, ecological associations, elected officials, insurers, etc.
- Enhancement of your image.
- Opening up to new markets.
Certification of your environmental management system (EMS) according to the ISO 14001 standard allows you to prove your environmental commitment at the global level.
Steps and processes
To obtain ISO 14001 certification, Apave Certification supports you during the 6 stages leading to the issue of the certificate:
- Initial certification request.
- Scheduling of the audit between the audited organisation & Apave Certification.
- Initial certification audit.
- Certification decision.
- Issuance of the certificate, once you have been ISO certified.
- Annual follow-up audit to check for any non-conformities.
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The main advantages are:
- achieve strategic objectives by taking into account environmental issues in the management of your business
- reduce the costs of waste management
- identify possible savings in energy and material consumption
- improve the image of your company with regulatory authorities, ordering parties and the public