“Is a management system standard that aims to reduce the use of natural resources, minimize the damage to soil, water and air, and is created on the basis of risk analysis.”
Since the Industrial Revolution, there has been an evident increase in all kinds of production activities leading also to increased consumption habits. As consumption increases, waste increases too. So much so that the waste left in the environment in many parts of the world has reached critical points that represent life-threatening conditions for humans and other living creatures.
This alarming situation has pushed some countries and international organizations to take responsibility and various initiatives towards the environment. ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standards were published in 1996 by ISO, following the summit in Rio-Brazil. It was established due to the huge environmental pollution issue in 1993. ISO 14001 is not a product standard but a service (management) standard. It is concerned with how products are produced, not what is produced.
To understand the of the ISO 14001 implementation project, you must meet the requirements listed in this standard and applicable in your organization. This can be a little tough at first, but with the right exposure to guidelines and training things become much easier. There are actually abundance of consultants who can make this process not only possible but relatively easy.
To have a better understanding of ISO 14001 implementation project, you may need to improve the process requirements listed in this standard, and that is why you need Conformity Assessment Bodies like Inspeed Global to guide you into the process of creating better quality into your management system.
There is a public misguidance about the fee, some may assume ISO certification is expensive but it’s not the case, paying the cost of implementation, training and receiving ISO certificate, brings long-term sustainable values for companies that surpasses the original investment made. In other terms, anyone who invests in ISO certification by meeting its standard is a winner.
Private companies (industrial organizations) that want to take a place in national and international trade, especially public institutions and organizations, can apply the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard. For companies that want to open up to the foreign market, the ISO 14001 standard functions like a product and service passport. Environment Management System
ISO 14001:2015 was published on 15th Sept, 2015. The standard sets out the criteria for an environmental management system. 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, large or small, regardless of its field of activity including manufacturing, services, institutions, health or any other 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.
There are more than 300,000 certifications to ISO 14001 in 171 countries around the world.
Using ISO 14001 helps in Demonstrating compliance with current and future statutory and regulatory requirements, increased leadership involvement and engagement of employees, improvement in company reputation and the confidence of stakeholders, achieving strategic business aims by incorporating environmental issues into business management, providing a competitive and financial advantage through improved efficiencies and reduced costs, encouraging better environmental performance of suppliers by integrating them into the organization’s business systems.
Energy Management The new ISO 50001:2018 is based on the quality standard ISO 9001 and the environmental standard ISO 14001. This enables organizations to convert their existing energy and environmental management systems into a systematic energy management system:
Certified Emission Reductions (CER) Clean Development Mechanism Projects The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) constitute one of the market-based mechanisms – emissions trading defined by UNFCCC. CDM are emission reduction investment programs promoted by organizations of industrialized countries implemented on developing countries. CDM projects are mainly applied to energy and waste treatment management industries of the host country, both public and private owned. Once registered, CDM projects generate Certified Emission Reductions (CER’s), also known as carbon credits. A carbon credit is equivalent to one emitted tone of CO2. Carbon credits may be applied in the process of emission offsetting or can be commercialized in line with the current emission trading scheme. Every CDM project shall be validated by an independent entity accredited by the UNFCCC to ensure compliance with CDM requirements. Once the project has been registered, it shall be periodically verified to guarantee that the generated emission values are in line with the ones that were initially defined. BENEFITS
Greenhouse Gases ISO 14064 is an independent, voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) project accounting standard, and is deliberately policy neutral. Whereas the GHG Project Protocol specifies tools and accounting methods, ISO 14064 simply gives general guidance; specific tools or tests can be defined by the GHG program or regulation under which ISO 14064 is used. The ISO 14064 standard consists of three parts. The first part (14064-1) specifies requirements for designing and developing organization or entity-level GHG inventories. The second part (14064-2) details requirements for quantifying, monitoring and reporting emission reductions and removal enhancements from GHG projects. The third part (14064-3) provides requirements and guidance for the conducting of GHG information validation and verification. Good GHG management has become critical for organizations, as manybig MNCs are including environmental performance criteria in their procurement process. With independent GHG verification, organizations can publish credible information about their carbon footprint, carbon neutrality and/or reductions. Also, organizations can compare themselves to their counterparts throughout the world in terms of GHG performance, potentially leveraging their exemplary GHG emission performance into a competitive advantage.
As a result of increasing consumer concerns about the long-term health and environmental effects of the food we eat, the market responds with an increasing demand for certified non-GMO food. To meet this demand, we as IG have developed together with our partners the Non-GMO Production Standard (NGPS). The NGPS verifies the accuracy of Non-GMO Production claims in products by ensuring that ingredients were not genetically engineered by the use of modern biotechnology. The use of the NGPS logo serves as a further explicitly-stated guarantee of the quality? of the product. The certification is applicable at all levels of the supply chain to organizations active in cultivation, production, processing, storage, distribution, logistics and/or trade. Products falling within the scope should comprise of one or more agricultural products, regardless of their purpose. The Non-GMO Production Standard The standard ensures no genetically engineered ingredients are used in the production of the end product. The standard aims to verify this by putting forth a list of requirements that leads to a strong system of internal and external verifications at the facilities that produce/process the (end-)product. The Management System (MS) shall have a documented sampling plan that is based on the MS and the associated risk assessment. Laboratories performing tests to assess the genetically engineered material content of a sample, shall be certified with ISO 17025 for the specific activity of genetically engineered material testing. Companies in compliance with the NGPS may communicate the claim ‘Certified Non-GMO Production’ on the product label with reference to the NGPS. To the approved organic standards belong EU organic, NPOP, USDA organic and IFOAM based organic standards. Benefits of Certification IG certifies companies all over the world and offers a wide range of certification programmes, some of which can be linked to organic certifications. Our global network of offices allows us to make certification more efficient and cost effective, whilst upholding the same stringent professional auditing and certification procedures. Through third-party verification, we motivate your (quality) claim independently towards your clients. Furthermore, traceability and contamination risks can be managed better by certifying your management system and/or your product. With 200+ certification programs, we are able to conduct combination audits saving time and expenses for our customers. Your benefits:
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