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How to manage outsourced suppliers in line with ISO 14001:2105

The release of the ISO 14001:2015 standard saw multiple changes that organizations had to incorporate into their EMS (Environmental Management System), and activities to enable them to meet the terms of the standard. One of the changes that may not be so obvious in the first instance is how your organization …

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What competences should you look for when hiring an environmental professional?

Hiring an environmental professional or a manager for your ISO 14001-certified EMS (Environmental Management System) is one of the most important choices an organization can make, given the benefits that can be derived from good environmental decisions, and the penalties that can be incurred if legislation is not met. Given the …

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Case study: Implementing ISO 14001 in an airport

Modern-day airports can be considered “high risk” sectors and have a significant impact on the environment, so it is no surprise that pressure is being brought to bear from special interest groups and government bodies in many countries to reduce this impact accordingly, with ISO 14001:2015 being the obvious choice …

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What is ISO 14067:2013 and why is it useful for carbon footprint?

In recent years, climate change has emerged as one of the most important environmental issues. The cause of the global warming is the increase of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), which leads to greater interest of the consumers and other stakeholders in the environmental impact of their activities, products, and services. …

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Does your EMS need a risk and opportunity procedure?

Of the changes seen in the new ISO 14001:2015 standard, many experts rate the changes surrounding risk and opportunity in the EMS (Environmental Management System) as being amongst the most important. In a previous article, The role of risk management in the ISO 14001:2015 standard, we looked at how assessing …

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How to ensure your ISO 14001 implementation is profitable

Implementing an ISO 14001:2015 certified EMS (Environmental Management System) is an internationally recognized way of controlling your company’s environmental impact and demonstrating to stakeholders and customers that you are serious about important environmental factors. In the article 6 key benefits of ISO 14001 we examined the potential benefits, but in these cost-conscious times …

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Where does ISO 14001 fit into your organization?

In this age where organizations are expected to be more environmentally aware than ever before, ISO 14001 is recognized as the primary business standard that provides guidance on how to control environmental impact for businesses the world over. With 319,234 ISO 14001 certificates  awarded during 2015 alone – a number …

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How can a startup benefit from ISO 14001?

For many startup companies, environmental concerns and standards like ISO 14001 are not a top priority, but rather something that can be looked at after the initial growing period of the company has ended, and things have settled down. In my experience, many organizations think that there is an inherent …

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Understanding the needs & expectations of interested parties in ISO 14001

In the beginning of the ISO 14001:2015 requirements for implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) there is a critical step that takes place after you identify the context of your organization, but before you determine the scope of your EMS. This step is understanding the needs and expectations of the interested …

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Identifying and controlling environmental aspects in a virtual team

Virtual companies are a feature of everyday life in the 21st century, where people can buy products and services, and even store data with companies who partly or wholly exist online. Despite an organization existing online, the company’s activities can still mean that it has a significant environmental impact. Therefore, …

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Identifying environmental aspects in the engineering business according to ISO 14001

The traditional heavy engineering sector has been a vital part of most western economies for several generations, producing everything from nuts and bolts at one end of the spectrum to steel for building structures and shipbuilding at the other end. What most of these organizations historically share is a track …

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What is the ISO 14001 internal audit report, and how to create it?

If your organization has an EMS (Environmental Management System) certified against ISO 14001:2015, you will be aware of the importance of the internal audit function in ensuring that your EMS functions correctly. As we saw in the previous article: Internal audits in the EMS: 5 main steps, the structure of …

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Case study: How to implement ISO 14001 principles in a sales team

As environmental awareness is greater in modern society than at any time in the past, the focus is on all major organizations to reduce their impacts and carbon footprints, no matter what sector a company may operate in. Many sales organizations have a greater environmental impact than they realize, and …

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ISO 14001 case study: Waste management in a construction company

Waste management is a very important topic for any construction company, considering the vast amounts of waste present on every construction site. Besides being a great nuisance, the waste can be a source of hazards and financial expenses – not only because of potential fines, but also as a sign …

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