Environmental Management System

What is ISO 14001:2015?

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In an era increasingly defined by environmental concerns and sustainability, organisations worldwide are recognising the importance of including environmental considerations into their operational frameworks. 14001:2015 Environmental Management System – Requirements with Guidance for Use provides a comprehensive framework for organisations to design and implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) and continually improve their environmental and business performance. Feddersen Consulting Group (FCG) assists clients to achieve and maintain management systems that comply with relevant International and Australian standards, including ISO 14001:2015.

The primary purpose of ISO 14001:2015 is to provide a framework for organisations to:

  1. Enhance Environmental Performance: By establishing a systematic approach to environmental management, organisations can reduce their environmental impact, enhance risk prevention, improve resource efficiency, and minimise waste.
  2. Ensure Compliance: The standard assists organisations in complying with environmental regulations and other requirements relevant to their operations.
  3. Achieve Business Objectives: Integrating environmental considerations into business strategies can lead to improved operational efficiencies, cost savings, and enhanced reputation.
  4. Continually Improve your Organisation: The current version of ISO 14001 has been designed to integrate with ISO 9001 to better incorporate business processes that can both improve operational controls and minimise negative environmental impacts or even implement positive environmental activities in your operations.

Key Elements of ISO 14001:2015

The key elements of the ISO standards boil down to some simple questions.  The standards aim to work as guidelines for good business management, and asking these questions helps any organisation to consider the goals and opportunities faced by the organisation and how best to ensure that the organisation is continually improving and moving forward.

  • Context of the Organisation
    • What are the goals of the organisation?
  • Leadership
    • Who in the organisation is responsible for achieving these goals?
  • Planning
    • What is the plan to achieve the goals for the organisation?
    • Are we ensuring that our operational plans account for the impacts of our activities on the environment?
  • Support
    • What support and resources do we need to action these plans?
  • Operation
    • How do we execute the plan outlined?
    • Are our operations working as intended in the plan?
  • Performance Evaluation
    • Have our operational controls effectively followed our plan?
    • Has our plan been effective in completing our project and have we effectively managed the environmental impacts of our operations?
    • Have our original goals been achieved?
  • Improvement
    • Why was our original goal not achieved as effectively or efficiently as we wanted?
    • What do we need to improve or change to ensure that our goals are achieved?
    • Now that we have changed our plans/processes, we need to go back to the start (context) and ensure that our goals are the same and go through the process again.

Benefits of ISO 14001:2015

Adopting ISO 14001:2015 can result in various benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Improved Efficiency: Streamlined processes and reduced resource consumption lead to operational efficiencies.
  • Enhanced Compliance: Meeting legal and regulatory requirements mitigates risks and avoids potential fines or sanctions.
  • Cost Savings: Reduced waste generation and energy consumption lower operational costs over time.
  • Enhance Competitive Position: Certification serves as an independent validation of your robust environmental measures, boosting your credibility and competitive edge in tenders and proposals.
  • Enhanced Reputation: Demonstrating a commitment to environmental stewardship enhances credibility and attractiveness to stakeholders.

Feddersen Consulting Group’s Approach to ISO 14001:2015 Implementation

  1. Scoping Visit: Help us understand your business and needs.
  2. Development: FCG will help build a bespoke management system for you
  3. Implementation: FCG will help implement your new system and conduct in-house training if required.
  4. Internal Audit: FCG will conduct an internal audit.
  5. Pre-Certification readiness: FCG will help you prepare for your audit.
  6. Certification Audit: FCG are here to assist with the 3rd Party Certification Audit, both to ensure clarity during the audit and assist if concerns are raised.

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By establishing a systematic approach to environmental management, businesses can achieve operational efficiencies, ensure compliance with regulations, and enhance their reputation. As global awareness of environmental issues grows, ISO 14001:2015 provides a structured pathway for organisations to meet evolving expectations and contribute positively to a sustainable future.