Environmental issues including climate change, ozone layer depletion, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, soil and water contamination, natural resource depletion, atmospheric pollution, and the disposal of wastes may it be non hazardous or hazardous wastes should be the main concern of the government and the private industries.
ISO 14001 provides a system on how to establish policies, procedures, and guidelines, which will deliver your organization to better environmental compliance and performance. Such system will help you in determining and addressing environmental impacts and legal compliance.
In accordance with the requirements of the standard and applicable legal compliance obligations, the intended results or outcomes of an environmental management system includes:
1. Influence and control over identified environmental aspects and impacts which are incorporated in the organization’s activities, products, and services – in consideration to a life cycle perspective.
2. Fulfillment of organization’s compliance obligations (legal and statutory obligations).
3. Improve organization’s image and reputation.
4. Enhancement of cost / loss control which includes: prevention of cost of fines, cleanup, and reparations; reducing OPEX in energy and water usage; and control on expenses over input materials required by the organization’s processes.
5. Employee awareness and competency improvement.
Adequate compliance to the requirements of ISO 14001 gives higher assurance of attaining the enumerated benefits above.