How to get started with the new ISO 14001:2015?

What is ISO 14001:2015?

ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps organisations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of stakeholders.

What is an environmental management system?

An environmental management system helps organisations identify, manage, monitor and control their environmental issues in a "holistic” manner.

ISO 14001 is suitable for organisations of all types and sizes, be they private, not-for-profit or governmental. It requires that an organisation considers all environmental issues relevant to its operations, such as air pollution, water and sewage issues, waste management, soil contamination, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and resource use and efficiency.

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6 benefits ISO 14001 will bring to your business or organisation

There are many reasons why an organisation should take a strategic approach to improving its environmental performance.

Users of the standard have reported that ISO 14001 helps :

  1. Demonstrate compliance with current and future statutory and regulatory requirements.
  2. Increase leadership involvement and engagement of employees.
  3. Improve company reputation and the confidence of stakeholders through strategic communication.
  4. Achieve strategic business aims by incorporating environmental issues into business management.
  5. Provide a competitive and financial advantage through improved efficiencies and reduced costs.
  6. Encourage better environmental performance of suppliers by integrating them into the organisation’s business systems.

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What are 5 the key improvements in ISO 14001:2015?

ISO 14001:2015 now requires:

  1. Environmental management to be more prominent within the organisation’s strategic direction.
  2. A greater commitment from leadership.
  3. The implementation of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation.
  4. A focus on life-cycle thinking to ensure consideration of environmental aspects from development to end-of-life.
  5. The addition of a stakeholder-focused communication strategy.

It also allows for easier integration into other management systems thanks to the same structure (HLS - High Level Structure), terms and definitions.

How do I get started with ISO 14001:2015?

3 Tips to get you started:

  • Tip 1 – Define your objectives. What do you want to achieve with this standard?
  • Tip 2 – Get the buy-in from senior management. It is essential that the leaders of your organisation support the objectives of an effective environmental management system and are committed to the process.
  • Tip 3 – Get a good overview of existing processes and systems that are relevant to your environmental impact. This will form the basis of your environmental management system and allow you to more easily identify any gaps.

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What can NBN do for me?

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  • I want to learn about the changes of the new ISO 14001:2015 and the impact on my organisation.

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  • My organisation also uses the ISO 9001. Can NBN assist me with this standard?

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