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What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 is one of the main, internationally-recognised standards for an environmental management system, or EMS.

This framework helps organisations to minimise the risk of adverse effects on the environment as a result of their operations. At the same time, it provides proven guidelines to enhance existing processes and procedures to be as environmentally sound as possible.

Who needs ISO 14001 certification?

ISO 14001 is a rather general standard that can be applied to all businesses and organisations. Over 300,000 entities have attained this standard around the world, proving their commitment to fighting climate change, environmental degradation, and any negative environmental impact arising from their operations.

Here are a few examples of how ISO 14001 can benefit different businesses and organisations:


ISO 14001 can help bring about improvements in an organisation’s waste and recycling rates. It is, in fact, possible for certain manufacturing enterprises to develop “zero landfill” processes without increasing costs or inefficiencies, respecting their surroundings and communities.


With ISO 14001 certification, warehousing enterprises are better equipped to design efficient workflows that reduce carbon emissions and delays. Moreover, achieved results can be replicated across logistics networks in multiple regions or countries with minimal geographical adaptations required.

Local Government

Issues of climate change and environmental damage are particularly evident amongst communities. Local governments which enact ISO 14001 can become beacons of forward-thinking approaches that seek to improve quality of life by implementing proven changes.

What’s ISO 14001 all about?

ISO 14001 is based on 13 principles. Just like any other ISO standard, the importance of each principle varies depending on the sector in question.

  • Increasing efficiency
  • Improved sustainability
  • Reducing energy usage
  • Maximising your resources
  • Reducing waste production
  • Fulfilling compliance obligations
  • Attaining international recognition
  • Attracting new business prospects
  • Achieving environmental objectives
  • Enhanced overall environmental performance
  • Minimising your negative environmental impact
  • Demonstrating your commitment to the environment
  • Ability to systematically manage environmental responsibilities

This EMS is more than simply reducing waste by recycling. It is often touted as one of the best ways for organisations to enact the United Nations definition of sustainability. At the same time, ISO 14001 can help improve pricing margins through reduced costs and streamlined efficiencies.

The next step

If you would like to find out more about becoming ISO 14001-certified, you should get in touch with us today.

One of our experts will be able to answer your questions and provide you with a thorough explanation of the entire process.

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