What is ISO 14001?
Environmental Management System certification to the ISO 14001 standard helps organisations demonstrate an ongoing commitment to improving environmental performance. The standard has been subject to a comprehensive rewrite to ensure that its aims and purpose support the changing needs of today’s world and reflect the increasingly complex environment in which organisations operate.
ISO 14001:2015 puts a greater emphasis on proactively improving environmental performance and embeds environmental management within an organisation's strategic plans. It is suitable for organisations of any size and in any sector.
Benefits of ISO 14001
Environmental legislation compliance
ISO 14001 certification can help you comply with legal requirements by providing a systematic approach for addressing current and identifying future legislation.
Improved management of environmental risk
ISO 14001 can help to manage and improve performance in key metric areas such as lower energy usage, waste reduction, increased recycling, and lower raw material and consumable costs. This reduces the need for reactive strategies such as clean-ups and litigation, which can result in reputational damage and legal proceedings.
Being independently assessed against ISO 14001:2015 increases your credibility and provides a competitive edge over non-certified businesses when invited to tender.
Certification to ISO 14001:2015 can help you demonstrate you are managing environmental risks and are making continual improvements against specific targets.
By promoting continual improvement against environmental objectives, ISO 14001 can help drive more efficient use of raw materials and enhanced performance leading to cost reductions.
ISO 14001:2015 shares a common management system framework with other management system standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 45001, enabling easy integration with your quality, environmental and occupational health & safety management systems.
Need help with ISO 14001?
If you are interested in gaining certification to ISO 14001, we can help. LRQA provides UKAS accredited ISO 14001 certification, training and gap analysis services to meet the requirements of the international standard for environmental management systems.
Why work with us?
LRQA has been involved in the development of standards, assessment and certification of Environmental Management Systems for more than 25 years.
LRQA's technical experts were part of the ISO technical committee that developed ISO 14001:2015 and can provide first-hand insights into the requirements of the standard and the logic behind them. Our assessors are chosen for their sector-specific knowledge and expertise, which means you can be confident that they'll understand the environmental challenges you face and the opportunities open to you, whatever industry you are in.