Managing environmental impacts – and the effects they are having on business – is a growing imperative for organizations, regardless of size or type. A sound environmental management system (EMS) helps measure and manage environmental factors, making it good not only for business but for society as a whole.
This International Standard helps an organization achieve the intended outcomes of its environmental management system, which provides value for the environment, the organization itself and interested parties. Consistent with the organization's environmental policy, the intended outcomes of an environmental management system include:
- enhancement of environmental performance;
- fulfilment of compliance obligations;
- achievement of environmental objectives.
The newly revised ISO 14004:2016, Environmental management systems – General guidelines on implementation,provides organizations with support to help with the implementation of an EMS. It is designed to complement, but is not limited to, ISO 14001, ISO’s standard for environmental management systems.
Dr Anne-Marie Warris, Chair of ISO/TC 207/SC 1, the technical committee that developed the standard and undertook the revision, said:
“The new version of ISO 14004 provides organizations with further details and information in relation to the new ISO 14001:2015. Some of the changes include a focus on protecting the environment, environmental performance, life-cycle perspective, leadership and strategic environmental management.”