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ISO 14001 Summary

ISO 14001 is a globally recognized standard for an environmental management system (EMS). This standard defines the requirements for controlling and improving the organization’s environmental impact. The standard was first implemented by the organizations in 1996. The ISO 14001 standard recommends controls for those processes that have an environmental impact. E.g. Use of environment resources, environmental waste management & energy consumption.

Purpose of ISO 14001
The main purpose of ISO 14001 is to define the requirements for the EMS and provides guidance for its implementation. The standard gives a structured activity for making environmental improvements in the organization.

Key Elements of ISO 14001
The ISO 14001 environmental management systems standard contains the following key elements:

  1. Environmental policy;
  2. Planning;
  3. Implementation and Operation;
  4. Checking and Corrective Action
  5. Management review.

Benefits of implementing ISO 14001
Implementation of environment management system gives an organization or company a systematic way for controlling their environmental impact. Hence the productivity and efficiency is increased so there is more cost savings in the organization. Another key benefit of implementing the ISO-14001 environment system is that it gives the structure for an organization to attain a very good level of environmental performance that shows the complete commitment of an organization in controlling the impact of environment waste, pollution and energy consumption. The other key benefits of implementing ISO 14001

1. Cost Savings due to increased environmental efficiency
2. Cutback of environmental responsibilities
3. Cutback of environmental risk
4. Increased organization ability to battle in global marketplace.

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