Environmental Management System standard provides not only the environmental result, but also the result of financial benefits for the organization, whose activities are built on the principles of ISO 14001.
ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System, EMS) is a tool that allows you to control the environmental impact of a firm, reducing it to a minimum if necessary.
The overall objective of ISO 14001 is to contribute to protecting the environment and preventing pollution, while meeting socio-economic needs (e.g. making a profit).
The primary objective of ISO 14001 is to establish an environmental management system.
What is an Environmental Management System?
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is part of an overall management system aimed at developing, implementing and evaluating the achieved results of an organization’s environmental policy, goals and objectives. It includes:
- organizational structure
- activity planning
- distribution of responsibility
- operational work
- procedures, processes and resources
- EMS implies a consistent improvement of all environmental processes, the degree of which is determined by the organization itself
Advantages of Environmental Management System
- Fulfilment of regulatory requirements of inspectors, customers and shareholders
- Additional competitive advantage when taking part in tenders, bids and auctions
- Creating a clean and environmentally friendly product
- Increase in productivity
- Shifting costs from fines and penalties imposed by inspection organizations to preventing environmental violations;
- Reducing waste, raw material and energy consumption;
- Minimization of accidents and their consequences.
Even a limited by its functions environmental management system gives the result: additional financial revenues, which subsequently recoup the cost of its implementation.