ISO 14001:2015 – the environmental performance standard
ISO’s 14001 standard for environmental performance was first launched in 1996. In 2015 a new version was launched, making the standard more relevant to today’s environmental context and digital world. The transition period will last until September 2018, after which Certification to ISO 14001:2004 will no longer be valid.
Why ISO 14001?
ISO 14001 has always been an important tool for businesses that supports continual improvement and allows them to:
- meet legal requirements (and to go beyond)
- take strategic measures in-keeping with expectations of stakeholders
- engage employees with ways of meeting environmental requirements
- use the certification as a distinguisher, giving competitive advantage
- gain financial advantage through energy savings
What’s new with ISO 14001:2015?
The changes to the standard that are covered in this new version can be summed up in 7 main areas:
- Environmental management as part of the strategy
- Leadership involvement
- Environmental protection
- Environmental performance
- Life-cycle perspective
- Better communication
- Digital documentation
How BSSEC can help
If you are already ISO 14001 compliant and looking to move to the new standard, BSSEC can help you in this transition in an efficient and productised manner whilst adding value. Please reference our PDF presentation on the top right of this page for further information on this process, or contact us to arrange a free consultation.
If you are looking to achieve ISO 14001 for the first time, we can help to set up your environmental management system and work with your accreditor to achieve certification. If you don’t have an accreditor we’d be happy to recommend one. In short, whatever you need to achieve ISO 14001, we can help – contact us today.
BSSEC can undertake a no obligation desktop gap analysis to help you determine the likely workload and timescale for implementing an EnMS that will achieve ISO 14001:2015 certification.