What is ISO 14001
ISO 14001 was originally completed and published on September 1, 1996 and is the most widely recognized Environmental Management Standard. ISO 14001 supports an Organization to improve its environmental performance, fulfill its compliance obligations to the applicable legislation and achieve its environmental goals.
Understanding the organization and its context
This new concept relates to the factors and conditions affecting organizational operation e.g., regulation, governance and environmental conditions.
Environmental conditions are the elements of the environment which can be affected by the organization (air quality, water quality, land use, etc.), or those which can affect the organization (climate change, existing land contamination, etc.)
ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System
ISO 14001 2004 is an environmental management standard that defines the environmental policy of an organization. This standard supports organizations to protect the environment, check pollution, and progress their overall environmental performance. ISO 14001 is a useful tool for an organization to step up from just maintaining regulatory compliance to an organization with improved productivity and improved competitive benefit.
ISO 14001:2004 identifies environmental necessities that the organization identifies as those which it can control and influence. It does not itself state exact environmental performance criteria. ISO 14001 is flexible – it is as applicable to both the small business and the multinational organization.