ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability

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ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability

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ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability

ISO 14000 is a group of standards covering the following areas:
ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems (14001,14002, 14004)
ISO 14000 Environmental Auditing (14010, 14011, 14012)
ISO 14000 Evaluation of Environmental Performance (14031)
ISO 14000 Environmental Labeling (14020, 14021, 14022, 14023, 14024, 14025)
ISO 14000 Life-Cycle Assessment (14040, 14041,14042, 14043)

ISO 14001 is the only standard intended for registration by third parties. All the others are for guidance. ISO 14001 is a management standard, it is not a performance or product standard. The underlying purpose of ISO 14001 is that companies will improve their environmental performance by implementing ISO 14001, but there are no standards for performance or the level of improvement. It is a process for managing company activities that impact the environment. Some unique and important characteristics of ISO 14001 are:
ISO 14000 It is comprehensive: all members of the organization participate in environmental protection, the EMS considers all stakeholders, and there are processes to identify all environmental impacts.
ISO 14000 It is proactive: it focuses on forward thinking and action instead of reacting to  command and control policies.
ISO 14000 It is a systems approach: it stresses improving environmental protection by using a single environmental management system across all functions of the organization.
The Environmental Management System contains the following elements:
  • An environmental policy supported by top management .
  • Identification of environmental aspects and significant impacts.
  • Identification of legal and other requirements.
  • Environmental goals, objectives, and targets that support the policy.
  • An environmental management program.
  • Definition of roles, responsibilities, and authorities.
  • Training and awareness procedures.
  • Process for communication of the EMS to all interested parties.
  • Document and operational control procedures.
  • Procedures for emergency response.
  • Procedures for monitoring and measuring operations that can have a significant impact on the environment.
  • Procedures to correct nonconformance.
  • Record management procedures.
  • A program for auditing and corrective action.
  • Procedures for management review.
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