ISO 14001 : Continuous Improvement in Environmental Performance



There is no legal requirement to attain this standard nor is there a requirement to use an external body to assist in the process. The only “must” is that the standard must be assessed and awarded via a UKAS approved certification body, of which there are a number of choices.




ISO 14001 has been updated.  The latest version was released in September 2015.  The 2004 version remains valid with a stated 3 year transition period to the new version in place.  In practice, Organisations accredited under the 2004 version will need to transition within 18 months.


Drivers for Accreditation


Each Organisation will have its own particular reasons for wishing to attain the ISO 14001 Standard.  At EBM we recognise and respect the various reasons.  We recommend that whatever the driver, the approach should be to embed the Standard within your Organisation. 


Touch Points - Shift from Ensuring to Engaging


  • Context of the Organisation

  • Leadership

  • Environmental Aspects

  • Compliance Obligations

  • Risks and Opportunities

  • Resources

  • Competencies

  • Communication

  • Operational Planning & Control

  • Documented Information

  • Performance Evaluation

  • Improvement


Benefits - Examples


  • Provides the foundations from which to consistently meet Environmental Objectives.

  • Promotes Top Management engagement.

  • Fast tracks many tendering processes.

  • Requirement from an ever increasing number of Clients.

  • The process approach demonstrates how everybody contributes.

  • Defficiencies are highlighted and solutions promoted.

  • Cost reduction.

  • Sustainable growth.