A newly revised guidance document aims to help businesses of all sizes to implement an environmental management system (EMS) based on ISO 14001.
ISO 14005, Environmental management systems – Guidelines for a flexible approach to phased implementation, has been revised to ensure it is up to date and continues to meet market needs.
ISO 14005 helps SMEs to meet EMS requirements in a phased, flexible way that can be adapted to their specific needs. The guidance document allows SMEs to benefit from the beginning, while ultimately meeting the requirements of ISO 14001.
Martin Baxter, Chair of the ISO subcommittee that developed ISO 14005, said the guidance document allows companies to easily measure the business value and benefits of implementing an EMS and ensuring they get a return on their investment.
“There are many advantages of taking a phased approach,” Baxter said in an interview with ISO.
“Companies could start with specific projects that are most relevant or urgent, such as improving energy efficiency or resource productivity,” Baxter added. “When they know that these projects are delivering business success, they can build their system as the needs arise, incorporating customer environmental requirements or engaging more of their employees in enhancing environmental performance, to eventually address all the requirements of the EMS.”
An EMS based on ISO 14001 helps organizations to effectively manage risks and provides benefits such as more efficient use of natural resources and energy, enhanced compliance with legal requirements, and improved customer relations.