ISO 14001 outlines requirements for an Environmental Management System (EMS) to help organizations improve their environmental performance, e.g. through more efficient use of resources and the reduction of waste. In the latest revision of the standard (ISO 14001:2015), a host of changes have been introduced.
Organisations that have already implemented an EMS have time until 14 September 2018 to comply with the new requirements.
The table below summarizes relevant new or modified standard requirements of ISO 14001:2015
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The key features of the revised standard include :
- Adoption of the High Level Structure
- Increased leadership responsibility
- Commitment to proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation
- Focus on issues or changing circumstances related to the needs and expectations of interested parties (including regulatory requirements) and local, regional or global environmental conditions that can affect, or be affected by the organisation
- Improving environmental performance
- Establishing a communication strategy
- Lifecycle perspective, handle environmental questions related to procured goods and services
- Outsourced operations management
For organisations tackling ISO 14001 for the first time, TÜV SÜD offers an efficient six-step approach towards achieving ISO14001 certification.
If your organisation already holds ISO 14001 certification, our DELTΔ audit provides a systematic approach in the transition to the new ISO 14001:2015 standard. Experienced TÜV SÜD auditors analyse your existing EMS to identify any gaps, and the potential need for action, ensuring a smooth path to re-certification.