UNE-EN ISO 14001:2015 Environmental management systems

The increasing awareness of the Society is acting decisively on companies and organisations, pressing for them to establish protocols and systems for environmental management. And it seems like it's just the beginning.      

The globalisation, climate change, global warming, pollution of the seas and oceans and drought or pollution by plastics and other garbage are having a significant effect on society and has generated a change in mentality. Undoubtedly, the majority of the European population is aware of the protection of the environment.

The European, national and regional administrations have acted by establishing green policies and regulations that affect companies of all sizes and sectors.

The business world, managers and directors of companies, have perceived the change in values and exponentially launch sustainable products, reducing their environmental impact minimising, for example, packaging. They establish environmental guidelines and protocols that ensure operational control of their activities and sustainable management, taking the UNE-EN ISO 14001: 2015 standard as a reference to structure the environmental management systems of their organisations.

What is the ISO 14001 standard?

UNE-EN ISO 14001: 2015 “Environmental management systems” is a standard that establishes the guidelines or requirements that an organisation’s environmental management system must-have. It can be implemented in any organisation, regardless of its sector and size.

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It is the most critical environmental management standard worldwide. It is even taken as a reference for European standards, as is the case with Regulation (EC) 1221/2009 “EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)”.

The importance of UNE-EN ISO 14001: 2015 also lies in its practicality. It has a similar structure to UNE-EN ISO 9001, not only in content but also in the contextual approach. Both are fully integrable, and both allow their adaptation to all types of organisation, from micro-companies to multinationals.

The main requirements established by UNE-EN ISO 14001: 2015 are:

  • Context of the organisation (Chapter 4),
  • Leadership (Chapter 5),
  • Planning (Chapter 6),
  • Support (Chapter 7),
  • Operation (Chapter 8),
  • Performance evaluation (Chapter 9),
  • Improvement (Chapter 10).

As with UNE-EN ISO 9001: 2015, leadership and risk management are increasingly given importance. The UNE-EN ISO 14001: 2015 includes the concept of life cycle analysis (LCA) (see Environmental Product Declaration (EDP) UNE-EN 15804: 2012 + A1: 2014. Type III Environmental Declarations UNE-EN ISO 14025: 2010) of the products/services provided by the company, a fundamental aspect for the proper determination of environmental factors and impacts.

What is the purpose of ISO 14001:2015?

UNE-EN ISO 14001: 2015 helps to make a system, to structure the environmental action protocols that every company must carry out, whether it only wants to comply with the legislation or if it wants to go further and establish ambitious objectives and programs for minimisation or sustainable management.

It is also a certifiable standard. The legislation sets the only limit. The central certification bodies in Spain (Aenor, Bureau Veritas, Applus, OCA global, Lloyds Register, BSI, SGS…) have developed regulations in accordance with ISO 14001 and have ENAC accreditation.

We provide solutions

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Our mission is to provide solutions to companies, to the people who trust us. After more than 20 years of providing services in consulting and engineering, we have developed a work-system based on processes that stand out for its simplicity of use.

We have evolved with ISO 14001. Our first projects date back to UNE-EN ISO 14001: 1996 and UNE-EN ISO 14001: 2004, and we have developed and improved our work systems since then, providing our clients with that value of experience.

We have a global and open vision. At present, we develop projects of Corporate Environmental Footprint (CEF) and Product Environmental Footprint (EPF), as well as Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) UNE-EN 15804: 2012 + A1: 2014 and Environmental Declarations type III UNE-EN ISO 14025: 2010.

We create multidisciplinary teams to integrate aspects of Excellence and Improvement to our environmental management projects because we know that our success lies in a job well done and in our clients.

This solution is aimed at

Companies of any size and sector that want to systematise their environmental policies.
Companies that require ISO 14001 certification (public tenders, subsidies, commercial policies…).

What our customers get

Consistent systematisation of environmental activities, always within the legislation. UNE-EN ISO 14001: 2015 certification by a certification body.

Satisfied customers

ISO 14001 projects are often integrated with ISO 9000 quality systems and ISO 45001 occupational health and safety systems.
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