What is ISO 14001?
ISO 14001 is the international standard for environmental management systems (EMS) and the most widely used EMS in the world, with over 360,000 ISO 14001 certificates issued globally.
ISO 14001 is the principal management system standard that specifies the requirements for the formulation and maintenance of an EMS. This helps to control your environmental aspects, reduce impacts, and ensure legal compliance. Studies show that as much as 70% of total office waste is recyclable; however, only 7.5% reaches the recycling facility.
ISO 14001 is accompanied by ISO 14004 Environmental Management Systems – General Guidelines on principles, systems, and support techniques. The standard covers issues such as the establishment, implementation, maintenance, and improvement of an EMS.
Nearly any business can benefit from achieving certification to ISO 14001 standards. The certification is broad enough to offer significant benefits to organizations in any industry or sector, while still providing a specific framework for implementing relevant sustainable practices.
ISO 14001 has seen a 5.5% increase in worldwide certificates in 2020, showing the growth and importance of UKAS accredited certification in recent times.