ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management System– What is it and why bother?

“The ISO 14000 family of standards provides practical tools for companies and organizations of all kinds looking to manage their environmental responsibilities.

ISO 14001:2015 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization regardless of its activity or sector.

Using ISO 14001:2015 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.”

With the introduction of the new 2015 standard, the integration with other standards has been simplified – the High-Level Structure or Annex SL means that the format of newly updated standards is the same. This means that one management system can capture the requirements of different ISO standards such as ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001.

There are many benefits gained by introducing an EMS aligned with ISO 14001:2015 and these include: –

  • Identify Environmental aspects and impacts
  • Reduce Waste
  • Enhance corporate image
  • Ensure compliance with legislation
  • Cost savings in improved resource efficiency and management
  • Diminish the risk of pollution incidents
  • Impartially audited and certified / accredited – if chosen


Douglas Management Systems Consultancy will work closely with you to help identify what is required and understand what steps are necessary for your management system (s) to reach your required level, including updating current working processes in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. In addition, we will work with you and your staff to ensure minimum disruption and maximum efficiency up-skilling and training staff, advising on, and implementing new procedures and processes and drafting documentation as required.

Keeping up to date with Environmental Legislation can be a time consuming and onerous task, your consultant can ensure that you are informed of changes in legislation relevant to your business practices and that compliance is continually reviewed.

Identifying the environmental aspects and impacts relating to your activities can seem daunting for any business, your DMSC consultant will take you through the process in a systematic, step by step manner covering all requirements.

As your Consultants, we will prepare, assist and coach you each step of the way, carrying out a Gap Analysis to identify issues, agreeing an action plan and work with you and your staff to deliver sustainable seamless solutions.

Internal Auditing of your processes – Your consultant will plan and undertake internal audits and produce reports, non-conformances and opportunities for improvement. This impartial auditing presents a huge benefit as it will produce meaningful and usable information to improve your processes.

Unlike many ‘one stop shop’ providers, DMSC will help implement a tailor-made solution that ensures the system will work for you and not the other way around. The test of a good system is that you are unaware that you are following a system as it is just what you do!