Anecdotal evidence suggests that businesses thinking of implementing ISO14001 this year have been delaying their external ISO14001 audit so that they can be certified against the new ISO 14001:2015 standard. Organisations currently certified to ISO 14001:2004 have three year period to migrate their existing EMS to conform to the new ISO14001:2015 specification.
Iterations of ISO 14001 EMS standard
What is an environmental management system (EMS)?
An Environmental management system (EMS) is a structured process for the management of an organisation’s environmental impact in a comprehensive, systematic, planned and documented manner. An EMS includes aspects and the impact of the organisation, organisational structure, planning and resources for developing, implementing and maintaining the policy that continually seeks to protect the environment.
Another way of defining an EMS is “a systematic approach to managing an organisation’s impact on the environment. It provides a framework through which the organisation’s environmental performance can be controlled and improved.” (wrap, 2015).
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