ISO 14001:2015
This International Standard specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and information about significant environmental aspects. It is intended to apply to all types and sizes of organization and to accommodate diverse geographical, cultural and social conditions.
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Introduction to environmental management ISO 14001 series
Organizations of all kinds are increasingly concerned with achieving and demonstrating sound environmental performance by controlling the impacts of their activities, products and services on the environment, consistent with their environmental policy and objectives. They do so in the context of increasingly stringent legislation, the development of economic policies and other measures that foster environmental protection, and increased concern expressed by interested parties about environmental matters and sustainable development.
This International Standard is based on the methodology known as Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA).
Scope ISO 14001
The adoption and implementation of a range of environmental management techniques in a systematic manner can contribute to optimal outcomes for all interested parties. However, adoption of this International Standard will not in itself guarantee optimal environmental outcomes. In order to achieve environmental objectives, the environmental management system can encourage organizations to consider implementation of the best available techniques, where appropriate and where economically viable, and fully take into account the cost - effectiveness of such techniques. This International Standard does not include requirements specific to other management systems, such as those for quality, occupational health and safety, financial or risk management, though its elements can be aligned or integrated with those of other management systems. It is possible for an organization to adapt its existing management system(s) in order to establish an environmental management system that conforms to the requirements of this International Standard. It is pointed out, however, that the application of various elements of the management system might differ depending on the intended purpose and the interested parties involved.
Process approach ISO 14001:2015?
Many organizations manage their operations via the application of a system of processes and their interactions, which can be referred to as the ”process approach“. ISO 9001 promotes the use of the process approach. Since PDCA can be applied to all processes, the two methodologies are considered to be compatible. This International Standard contains only those requirements that can be objectively audited. Those organizations requiring more general guidance on a broad range of environmental management system issues are referred to ISO 14004.
Associated standards:
ISO 9000:2015 Quality management systems - Fundamentals and vocabulary

ISO 9001:2015 Quality management systems - Requirements

ISO 9004 : 2009 Managing for the sustained success of an organization -- A quality management approach (ISO 9004:2009)

ISO 14004:2004 Environmental management systems - General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques

ISO 14015:2001 Environmental management - Environmental assessment of sites and organizations (EASO)

ISO 14020:2001 Environmental labels and declarations - General principles

ISO 14021:1999 Environmental labels and declarations - Self-declared environmental claims (Type II environmental labelling)

ISO 14024:1999 Environmental labels and declarations - Type I environmental labelling - Principles and procedures

ISO 14031:1999 Environmental management - Environmental performance evaluation - Guidelines

ISO 14040:2006 Environmental management - Life Cycle Assessment - Principles and Framework

ISO/TR 14047:2003 Environmental management - Life Cycle Assessment - Examples of application of ISO 14042

ISO/TS 14048:2002 - Environmental management - Life Cycle Assessment - Data documentation format

ISO/TR 14049:2000 Environmental management - Life Cycle Assessment - Illustrative exampelson how to apply ISO 14041 - Goal and scope definition and inventory analysis

ISO 14050:2002 Environmental management - Vocabulary

ISO 10019:2005 Guidelines for the selection of quality management system consultants and use of their services

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