Environmental Management Systems

ISO 14001:2015

ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed Standard that sets out the requirements for establishing, implementing and maintaining an Environmental Management System (EMS) within your organisation. An EMS can assist you to improve your environmental performance, demonstrate compliance and improve efficiency to cut the costs of running your business. 

All ISO Standards are regularly reviewed and revised to ensure they remain relevant and up to date with changing trends and practices. ISO 14001 has been recently revised with the publication of ISO 14001:2015 which reflects the changes in modern environmental management.

The ISO 14001:2015 standard is used to help organisations to integrate an Environmental Management System (EMS) within their business processes and operations. The standard applies to organisations of all sizes and sectors as it is bespoken to each individual organisation. The ISO 14001 standard was updated in 2015 to include a greater focus on leadership, business risks, opportunities and lifecycle analysis. There is a three-year transition period for organisations with an existing certified system to ISO 14001:2004 to enable upgrade to the new standard.

An EMS provides a structured approach to managing environmental performance and planning to reduce your organisations impacts on the environment.

How can you benefit?

ISO Management Systems and ESG Management Systems can result in both business and environmental, health and safety, and sustainable development benefits. Maintaining an Environmental or ESG Management System can help your organization achieve the following results:

  • Improve environmental, health, and safety performance.
  • Enhance compliance §Prevent pollution and conserve resources §Reduce/mitigate risks.
  • Attract new customers and markets (or at least retain access to your customers and markets that have EMS requirements).
  • Increase efficiency.
  • Reduce costs.
  • Enhance employee morale and enhance recruitment of new employees.
  • Enhance image with the public, regulators, lenders, and investors.


EMS process-based approach

The EMS is designed to sit within the organisation business processes with input from all levels of management. The identified environmental objectives and targets for the business need to be integrated into normal business operations.

An EMS is a process-based approach looking at inputs, processes and outputs for the organisation.

It will look at what your business needs to operate, what the business activities/operations are and what your final products and/or services are.

How can GEMM ISO certifed management system professionals can assist you?

Our ISO management system professionals can help you in the following ways:

  • Development & Implementation of the Management System.
  • ESG & Sustainability reporting training.
  • Assist you during your certification process through a certification body accredited by UKAS. Once certified your organisation can display the certificate and logo on marketing materials to demonstrate your commitment to environmental management to customers and other interested stakeholders