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ISO 14001:2015

Environment Management System

The Impact in International Standard for Environment Management System

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Global Standards is happy to guide about environment management system – ISO 14001:2015 in a way that can easily be understood and objective of ISO 14001 certification can be achieved. The change is obvious and the same has been applied this time for EMS standard with concrete impacts. This standard with new formation has value meanings for all the organizations at any kind of scope further to ensure the commitment of safe environment system.

In this white paper the core changes related to structure, auditable requirements, implications and risk based thinking has been incorporated for better guidance.

All ISO management system standards are subject to a regular review under the rules by which all are written. Following a substantial ISO user survey the committee decided that a review was appropriate and created the following objectives to maintain its relevance to current market for long term bases. However, this change is not going to change upto ten years so that organizations can penetrate in EMS with more durability.

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White Paper - ISO 14001:2015 Environment Management System

The ISO 14001:2015 standard is one of the most widely known standards for environment management system to achieve environmental objective, is implemented by over 159,000 organizations. It used to be BS 7750 before 1996.

The ISO 14001 standard has become an international reference for Environment Management requirements. Get ISO 14001 Certification

ISO 14001 helps organizations of any type and size with “Environment Management System” including:

• It supports environment related requirements of regulatory and interested parties
• Environment friendly reputation
• Enhancement of PDCA cycle
• Achieving improvement through more improved risk based strategy
• Downsize the hazardous impact to open environment
• Encourage the corporate relationships to secure global environment

The standard has earned a worldwide reputation known as the “Environment Management System”, which can be applied to any organization, large or small, whatever its business, products or Services.

“Management system” refers to the organization’s structure for managing its processes or business Activities.

ISO 14001 standard provides the practical tools to the organizations to achieve their environment targets meeting to reduce maximum significance of impacts of associated aspects.

The family of ISO 14000 carries many standards for auditing requirements and guidelines for better implementation planning before execution. EMS standard requires more the environment objectives more the improvement will be achieved. Get ISO 14001 Certification

White Paper - ISO 14001:2015 Environment Management System


• Identify cost savings with greater emphasis on resource, waste and energy management
• Develop the corporate image and credibility
• Quantify, monitor and control the impact of operations on the environment, now and in the future
• Ensure legislative awareness and compliance
• Improve environmental performance of supply chain
• Protect the company, assets, shareholders and interested parties
• Potentially decrease public liability insurance costs for your organization
• Grow your access to business partners and potential customers
• Increase credibility among business associates.
• Be confident through internal auditing, organizational knowledge and management reviews.
• Successful achievement of goals thorugh encouraging the continual improvement

The ISO 14001:2015 standard is based on the management Principles as shown below.

● Principle 1 – PLAN
● Principle 2 – DO
● Principle 3 – CHECK
● Principle 4 – ACT

Global Standards ensures to provide the essence of
all principles of ISO 14001:2015. This environment
standard follow the model of PDCA as principle and
recycle it post of completion each objective once
achieved. It requires high attention of improvement

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ISO 14001:2015 will be based on Annex SL – the new high level structure (HLS) that brings a common framework to all ISO management systems. This helps to keep consistency, align different management system standards, offer matching sub-clauses against the top-level structure and apply common language across all standards.


4- Context of Organization
5- Leadership
6- Planning
7- Support
8- Operation
9- Perfomance Evaluation
10- Improvement


As part of the alignment with other management system standards a common clause on ‘Documented Information’ has been adopted. The terms “documented procedure” and “record” have both been replaced throughout the requirements text by “documented information”. Where ISO 14001:2004 would have referred to documented procedures (e.g. to define, control or support a process) this is now expressed as a requirement to maintain documented information.

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ISO 14001:2015 ISO 14001:2015
Introduction Introduction
Scope 1 1 Scope
Normative references 2 2 Normative references
Terms and definitions 3 3 Terms and definitions
Context of the organization (title only) 4
4 Environmental management system requirements (title only)
Understanding the organization and its 4.1
Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties 4.2
Determining the scope of the environmental management system 4.3 4.1 General requirements
Environmental management system 4.4 4.1 General requirements
Leadership (title only) 5
Leadership and commitment 5.1
Environmental policy 5.2 4.2 Environmental Policy
Organizational roles, responsibilities and 5.3 4.4.1 Resources, roles, responsibility and
Planning (title only) 6 4.3 Planning (title only)
Actions to address risks and opportunities 6.1
General 6.1.1
Environmental aspects 6.1.2 4.3.1 Environmental aspects
Compliance obligations 6.1.3 4.3.2 Legal and other requirements
Environmental objectives and planning to
achieve them (title only)
6.2 4.3.3 Objectives, targets and programme(s)
Environmental objectives 6.2.1
Planning actions to achieve 6.2.2
Support (title Only) 7 4.4 Implementation and operation (title only)
Resources 7.1 4.4.1 Resources, roles, responsibility and
Competence 7.2
Awareness 7.3 4.4.2 Competence, training and awareness
Communication (title only) 7.4
General 7.4.1
Internal communication 7.4.2
External communication 7.4.3 4.4.3 Communication

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ISO 14001:2015 ISO 14001:2015
Documented information (title only) 7.5 4.4.4 Documentation
General 7.5.1 4.4.5 Control of documents
Creating and updating 7.5.2 4.5.4 Control of records
4.4.5 Control of documents
Control of documented information 7.5.3 4.5.4 Control of records
Operation (title only) 8 4.4 Implementation and operation (title only)
Operational planning and control 8.1 4.4.6 Operational control
Emergency preparedness and response 8.2 4.4.7 Emergency preparedness and response
Performance evaluation (title only) 9 4.5 Checking (title only)
Monitoring, measurement, analysis
and evaluation (title only)
9.1 4.5.1 Monitoring and measurement
General 9.1.1
Evaluation of compliance 9.1.2 4.5.2 Evaluation of Compilance
Internal audit (title only) 9.2
General 9.2.1
Internal audit programme 9.2.2 4.5.5 Internal audit
Management review 9.3 4.6 Management review
Improvement (title only) 10
General 10.1
Nonconformity and corrective action 10.2 4.5.3 Nonconformity, corrective action and
Continual improvement 10.3

The correlation between ISO 14001 version 2004 & 2015 can better
be differentiate the difference to adopt the impact
easily with less associated risks. It will help organizations
to implement or transit their quality management system
in better and right ways.

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A new high level structure for all management standards

Annex-L, is a type of structure that was introduced by ISO technical committee to eliminate the gap among all its management standards. This provides the framework of ‘common structure’ with similar use of terms, definitions, clause patterns and easy integration of standards for organization at the same time.

The common structure of standard requirements:

Clause 1: Scope
Clause 2: Normative references
Clause 3: Terms and definitions
Clause 4: Context of the organization
Clause 5: Leadership
Clause 6: Planning
Clause 7: Support
Clause 8: Operation
Clause 9: Performance evaluation
Clause 10: Improvement


September 2018, is the deadline for the transition. Transition should be executed timely to those who are already on version 2004. After September 2018 no organization shall be eligible to continue ISO 14001:2004 version at all. The timely transition shall secure your continuation of certification and involvement of people to understand the new standard for the continuation of environment management system with spirit of confidence. Get ISO 14001 Certification.

The quick contact to Global Standards shall be in benefit to
introduce your organization for true means of ver. 2015 with
effective implementation. Global Standards is passionate to
deliver for the change and integration with similar standards.

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