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John Nolan

How a food business can benefit from ISO 14001

The global food industry is a collective of complex and diverse businesses, both large and small, that work together to feed the population of this planet. Even if your food business is at the smaller end of that scale – think sandwich or coffee shop, or small supplier to these …

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John Nolan

How can ISO 14001 help your company’s facilities management?

Facilities Management (FM) is a business sector that will be worth one trillion US dollars by 2025, according to International Organization for Standardization. It can be described as a discipline that is “concerned with the management, operation and maintenance of an organization’s facilities.” Since every business, no matter what size, …

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John Nolan

How ISO 14001 can improve recycling performance

If you are familiar with ISO 14001:2015, then you will know that when the requirements of the standard are implemented correctly in an Environmental Management System (EMS), then the risk of environmental impact and the amount of wastage are reduced. One place ISO 14001:2015 differs from ISO 14001:2004, however, is …

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Iciar Gallo

How to choose an ISO 14001 consultant

If your organization has decided to implement ISO 14001 with the help of an external consultant, it is time to choose the best candidate. There are many elements that you will need to evaluate when choosing an ISO 14001 consultant, from consultancy fees to experience. This article will give you …

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Iciar Gallo

Do you really need a consultant for implementation of ISO 14001?

Once your organization has been convinced about the numerous benefits of implementing ISO 14001, the most significant factor comes into play, especially for top management: the cost of the project. I have good news for your business – hiring an expensive consultant is not the only option; these days, there …

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Iciar Gallo

How to prepare for ISO 14001:2015 certification audit

Before an organization gets involved in the ISO 14001 certification audit process, many people are concerned about how to be prepared for this final step of becoming compliant. The truth is that having an auditor checking your work usually creates some tension and fear among many employees, even if it …

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Iciar Gallo

How to choose a certification body for ISO 14001

After they successfully implement an environmental management system, many organizations decide to go for the certification since it is a useful tool to add credibility. Certification demonstrates that their product or service truly meets the ISO 14001 requirements. Other reasons can include certification as a legal or contractual requirement for …

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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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