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Theodora Rondozai

Differences between ISO 14001 and ISO 50001

ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use), helps organizations to manage aspects of their operations that can impact the environment. Examples include water and materials use, waste disposal, air emissions and energy use. Energy use often has significant environmental impacts, including depletion of natural resources (gas, …

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Donald Sayre

Why mining companies should obtain ISO 14001 certification

Mining companies impact their surroundings with varying degrees of severity, whether adverse or beneficial. Environmental impacts must be controlled, and significant environmental impacts are avoided or mitigated in direct relation to a company’s ability to manage environmental aspects. According to ISO 14001, environmental aspects are those elements of a company’s …

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Mark Hammar

ISO 14001:2015 vs. EMAS: Which one to go for?

If you are planning to implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) in the European Union, you will find that you need to compare the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 with the requirements of the European Union Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). Which requirements should you use, and which will be the most …

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John Nolan

How can ISO 14001 help improve a company’s total quality management?

While ISO 14001 is widely recognized as the business sector’s foremost standard to allow organizations to manage environmental performance, there are also additional benefits that organizations should accrue from adapting the standard and its practices. In a previous article, How to integrate ISO 14001 and 9001, we looked at the ease …

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John Nolan

How can ISO 14001 implementation contribute to sustainability?

ISO 14001 is widely recognized as the primary ISO standard to help organizations run an effective EMS (Environmental Management System), and thereby limit the business’s environmental impact. Planning, reviewing, and improving a company’s activities through an effective EMS can certainly mitigate environmental impacts. Terry A’Hearn, head of the Scottish Environmental …

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John Nolan

5 Tips to Build a Positive Environmental Culture in a Company

Any organization which has an ISO 14001:2015 EMS (Environmental Management System) can testify that successfully establishing and maintaining that system can be significantly easier if the organization can develop a culture of environmental awareness and good practice. Traditionally, changing culture in a business can be a long and difficult task …

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John Nolan

How detailed should the EMS policy be?

The ISO 14001:2015 standard is significantly different from the 14001:2004 standard in many ways, and the requirements of the environmental policy is one of these differences. Despite the environmental policy being one of the mandatory requirements of the EMS (Environmental Management System), clause 5.2 of the standard does leave some …

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John Nolan

How to Allocate Roles and Responsibilities According to ISO 14001

Any organization that has an EMS (Environmental Management System) certified to ISO 14001:2015 should be aware of the importance of allocation of employee roles and responsibilities to achieve the planned results of the system. The guidance provided by the ISO 14001:2015 standard itself is quite brief, and it is therefore possible …

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John Nolan

How various personal certificates can help your EMS

If your organization has an EMS (Environmental Management System) that is or will be certified according to ISO 14001, you may be aware of the amount of work required to maintain compliance with legislation and good environmental performance. It therefore stands to reason that your organization should seek to gain …

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John Nolan

Ensuring employee buy-in when implementing your ISO 14001-based EMS

Establishing and developing an EMS (Environmental Management System) that will eventually become certified to ISO 14001:2015 can be a daunting task, but it can be made considerably easier when you can depend on the buy-in and commitment of the workforce involved. Having the commitment and backing of an informed, knowledgeable, …

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John Nolan

3 key challenges of ISO 14001 implementation in an SME

Many SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises) are now recognizing the multiple benefits that having an ISO 14001:2015-certified EMS (Environmental Management System) can have on both the performance and reputation of the business, as well as benefits to the environment as a whole. Despite this, there are specific challenges that remain …

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John Nolan

ISO 14001 & the circular economy – How are they related?

The concept of the “circular economy” in modern society is a growing one, as many business and thought leaders seek to ensure that the planet’s natural resources can support modern life and consumption habits for future generations. BSI (British Standards Institute) recently released BS8001 to provide guidance to businesses on …

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John Nolan

How to manage outsourced suppliers in line with ISO 14001:2015

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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John Nolan

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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