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ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is the International Standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS). It was designed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) to help businesses and other organisations to reduce their environmental impact. This standard allows businesses to set up an EMS that can help them reduce waste, improve resource efficiency and cut waste management costs.


Businesses face increasing pressure from customers, regulators and governments to reduce their environmental impact. Gaining ISO 14001 certification is the clearest way to show your organisation’s commitment to this goal. As well as helping you meet your existing legal obligations, our ISO 14001 consultants can help your business prepare for changes to environmental legislation, reduce costs and strengthen its environmental reputation. Using a robust environmental management system to streamline processes will help your company stand out from the competition, which can lead to increased sales. What’s more, they will help your company save money by reducing waste, energy and water consumption. Here are the top benefits of using the ISO 14001 framework: • Identify cost savings, particularly in your resource, waste and energy management • Improve efficiency and reduce environmental impact across your product life cycle • Improve your corporate image and credibility, so helping you win new customers • Quantify, monitor and control the ongoing environmental impact of your operations • Ensure your organisation understands and complies with environmental legislation, so reducing the likelihood of fines and prosecutions.


The ISO 14001 standard uses a structure of ten clauses called Annex SL which, roughly grouped together, cover four key areas: Environmental impact – the processes your business must follow to run a successful Environmental Management System and reduce its environmental impact. Unlike the other sections, not all areas will be applicable to your business Management Responsibility – the areas where your management team need to focus on, be involved with and be accountable for Resource Management – how resources such as people, infrastructure and facilities must be assigned to ensure the best possible performance Measurement, Analysis and Improvement – the final clauses within the ISO 14001 standard cover how you can determine if your Management System is working as expected, facilitating the continual improvement of your system . legislation, so reducing the likelihood of fines and prosecutions.