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  • 1. Introduction to ISO 14001EcoLogic Consultancy___________________________________________________________________________ EcoLogic Consultancy Copyright © 2009 Photo Source: www.nationalgeographic.comIntroductory Insights into ISO 14001
  • 2. EcoLogic Consultancy___________________________________________________________________________ Content What is ISO 14001? Why go for ISO 14001? How it works?Introduction to ISO 14001 2
  • 3. EcoLogic Consultancy___________________________________________________________________________What is ISO 14001?Environmental issues have become more and more significant in recent past in light ofglobal warming and continuously deteriorating environmental conditions. With increasingpeer and regulatory pressure, there is paradigm shift in the way organizations are lookingat the environmental issues. Minimizing the impact on the environment is considered as aresponsibility rather than an obligation. But there is fundamental need of having suchsystem which emanates from the philosophy that its moral responsibility of individuals andorganizations to meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations tomeet their own needs. Hence sustainability is cornerstone of an environment managementsystem. Precisely for the same reason, ISO 14001, an environmental managementstandard has been developed by International Standards Organization. It providesguidelines for environment management system and applies to those environmentalaspects which the organization has control and over which it can be expected to have aninfluence. Current version being used is ISO 14001:2004, which is revised version sincethe launch in 1996. An EMS meeting the requirements of ISO 14001:2004 is amanagement tool enabling an organization of any size or type to:✦ Identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, products or services✦ Improve its environmental performance continually✦ Implement a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives and targets, achieve these and demonstrate that they have been achieved.Why go for ISO 14001?ISO 14001:2004 is a tool that can be used to meet internal objectives:➡ Provide assurance to management that it is in control of the organizational processes and activities having an impact on the environment➡ Assure employees that they are working for an environmentally responsible organization.ISO 14001:2004 can also be used to meet external objectives:➡ Provide assurance on environmental issues to external stakeholders – such as customers, the community, and regulatory agenciesIntroduction to ISO 14001 3
  • 4. EcoLogic Consultancy___________________________________________________________________________➡ Comply with environmental rules and regulations➡ Support the organizations claims and communication about its own environmental policies, plans, and actions➡ Provides a framework for demonstrating conformity via suppliers declarations of conformity, assessment of conformity by an external stakeholder - such as a business clientThe systematic ISO 14001:2004 approach requires the organization to take a hard look atall areas where its activities have an environmental impact. And it can lead to benefits likethe following:➡ Reduced cost of waste management➡ Reduction in waste generation through process improvements➡ Savings in consumption of energy and materials➡ Lower distribution costs➡ Improved corporate image among regulators, customers and the public➡ Framework for continual improvement of environmental performance.How it works?The intention of ISO 14001:2004 is to provide a framework for a holistic, strategicapproach to the organizations environmental policy, plans and actions. ISO 14001:2004gives the generic requirements for an environmental management system. The underlyingphilosophy is that whatever the organizations activity, the requirements of an effectiveEMS are the same. ISO 14001 preaches the environment management system whichoperates on PDCA cycle. It is an continual improvement technique which has beenintegrated in ISO 14001 requirements. PDCA cycle for ISO 14001 requirements isdiscussed in brief as follows.Introduction to ISO 14001 4
  • 5. EcoLogic Consultancy___________________________________________________________________________ PLAN DO ๏ Formulation of environment policy ๏ Implementation and operations ๏ Commitment of top management ๏ Structure and responsibilities ๏ Aspect and impact analysis assignment ๏ Gap analysis ๏ Capacity build up through training ๏ Regulatory requirement and ๏ Documentation process assessment implementation ๏ Environmental objectives, targets, ๏ Operations control establishment and programmes ๏ Emergency planning ๏ Programme criteria and intent ACT CHECK ๏ Review by top management ๏ Monitoring and measurement ๏ Management review ๏ Evaluation of compliance ๏ Corrective action and ๏ Record keeping and improvement points documentation ๏ Continual improvement ๏ Internal auditing ๏ Checking and corrective action ๏ Measurement and evaluation________________________________________________________________________ For further details and discussion, you can reach us at enquiry@ecologicconsultancy.in +91-90287 88430 indrajeet@ecologicconsultancy.in 020-400 96 279 Please visit us at www.ecologicconsultancy.in________________________________________________________________________Introduction to ISO 14001 5