ISO 14001:2015 - Environmental management system.

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 were the key improvements of the latest standard.

ISO 14001:2015 now requires:


  • Environmental management to be more prominent within the organization’s strategic direction.

  • A greater commitment from leadership.

  • The implementation of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation.

  • A focus on life-cycle thinking, to consider the environment from development to end-of-life.

  • The addition of a stakeholder-focused communication strategy.


It also allows for easier integration into other management systems thanks to the same structure, terms and definitions.

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