Milieu Management

ISO 14001

ISO 14001:2015 is de internationale norm voor een milieumanagementsysteem.

Wat is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001:2004 is de internationale norm voor milieubeheersystemen (EMS) en het meest gebruikte EMS ter wereld, met meer dan 250.000 certificaten hebben afgegeven.

ISO 14001 is de belangrijkste norm voor een milieumanagementsystemen die de vereisten voor de formulering en het onderhoud van een EMS specificeert. Dit ondersteunt uw om uw milieuaspecten te beheersen, de milieu impact te verminderen en te zorgen voor naleving van de wet.

ISO 14001 wordt vergezeld door ISO 14004 milieubeheersystemen - algemene richtlijnen over principes, systemen en ondersteuningstechnieken. De norm behandelt kwesties zoals het opzetten, implementeren, onderhouden en verbeteren van een EMS.
 

Helps you with

  • Milieu beleid 
  • Reductie van milieu impacts 
  • Voorkomen van vervuiling
  • Voldoen aan wet en regelgeving
  • Cultuurverandering
  • Verantwoordelijkheid van het bedrijf / maatschapelijk verantwoord ondernemen
  • Reputatie

Benefits of ISO 14001 Certification

Improved environmental management

Reduce your resource use, improve the overall efficiency of your business and keep the larger impact of your operations to an absolute minimum.

Legal compliance

Understand how statutory and regulatory requirements impact your organization and its customers.

Reduced operating costs

Achieving efficiencies in energy and water usage and through waste minimization means money saved.

Improved stakeholder relationships

If you are attempting to expand your business into new territories, certification is the best way to demonstrate to potential customers that you’re taking proactive steps to be responsible.

Proven business credentials

Independent verification against a globally recognized industry standard speaks volumes.

Ability to win more business

Procurement specifications often require certification as a condition to supply, so certification opens doors.

What is environmental management?

Managing your organisation’s impact on the environment should be a key priority for your business, regardless of the industry you’re in. An environmental management system is a framework for making policy and process changes that help you improve your environmental performance. In addition to being better for the environment, this can also provide you with greater control over costs and other tangible benefits. 

There are many ways to go about implementing an across-the-board environmental management policy, but the best way is to become certified to ISO 14001. ISO 14001 certification provides you with immediate credentials that you can use to grow your business in an environmental and economically sustainable manner.

ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14001:2015

The ISO 14001 standard was updated in 2015. Organizations that have been certified under ISO 14001:2004 have until September 2018 to transition their management system to the new standard. Key differences between ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14001:2015 include:

  • Annex SL structure: ISO 14001:2015 employs the high-level Annex SL structure, which standardizes the document’s terminology and layout to better align with other ISO quality management systems.

  • Organizational context: ISO 14001:2015 places more emphasis on the larger context the organization is working in and establishes environmental management priorities accordingly.

  • Risks and opportunities: ISO 14001:2015 introduces the concept of risk and opportunity as a planning tool, with an emphasis on potential threats — such as failing to meet compliance obligations — and potential benefits inherent to environmental management.   

  • Leadership: ISO 14001:2015 requires increased buy-in from top-level management, particularly in ensuring overall business objectives are consistent with the organization’s environmental management goals.

Learn more about about ISO 14001:2015 on this page, or contact an NQA representative directly.

Why implement ISO 14001?

It’s right if you and your organization want to demonstrate your commitment to reducing the environmental impact of your activities and achieve the associated financial and stakeholder benefits. We have certified a wide range of organizations in different sectors including Edinburgh Zoo, Nairn’s Oatcakes, Glenmorangie and Veolia Water.

“Every year the NQA auditor comes to site to check that our processes are functioning properly.The visits themselves are always very helpful, as our auditor will not only check what we are doing,but will always offer proactive suggestions as to how things can be further improved.” Edinburgh Zoo

Nearly any business can benefit from achieving certification to ISO 14001 standards. The certification is broad enough to offer significant benefits to organisations in any industry or sector, while still providing a specific framework for implementing relevant sustainable practices.

Changing industry landscape and stakeholder needs 

The industry landscape is always changing. The introduction of the newest ISO 14001 revision in 2015 brings important changes that will have a lasting effect on the compliance requirements of businesses of all sizes and industries. These changes have impacts to your stakeholder needs and require the evolution of your management system. Considerations include Changing Regulatory Needs, Evolving Stakeholder Requirements and Legal Compliance.

How can NQA help?

With a wealth of experience providing accredited management systems certifications, NQA is ideally placed to partner with you to meet stakeholder requirements and exceed industry expectations.

NQA is highly involved in a wide variety of industry committees and standards writing teams, helping us to maintain a keen awareness of changes within the industry. We are committed to ensuring customer awareness regarding changes in industry strategy, regulations, and standard requirements that may impact your management system approach.

Steps to Certification

  1. Step 1

    You will need to fill in an application form in order for NQA to understand your company and requirements. You can do this by completing either the online quick quote or the online formal quote request form. We will use this information  to accurately define the scope of assessment and provide you with a proposal for certification.

  2. Step 2

    Once you’ve agreed your proposal your assessments will be booked with an NQA Assessor. This assessment consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit. Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that your management system has been fully operational for a minimum of three months and has been subject to a management review and full cycle of internal audits.

  3. Step 3

    Following a successful two stage audit, a certification decision is made and if positive, then certification to the required standard is issued by NQA. You will receive a hard and soft copy of the certification. Certification is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.

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