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Image enhancement and better market position

The ever increasing environmental awareness among the public makes this a topic which is increasingly important for companies of all kinds – therefore companies that document corresponding actions can improve their image and strengthen their market position. Certification by TÜV NORD CERT based on DIN EN ISO 14001 and EMAS provides neutral confirmation of an environmentally aware approach.

Improvement beyond the legal requirements

Certification of an environmental management system in accordance with the internationally recognised standard DIN EN ISO 14001 – which is suitable for organisations of all sizes and from all sectors – can be extended to cover the requirements of the EU Eco-Management and Auditing Scheme (EMAS). Among other things, environmental policy and programmes and also continual reduction of environmental impacts are considered based on core indicators, along with compliance with environmentally-relevant legal regulations and the organisation’s own environmental statement.

With DIN ISO 14001: Greater trust with lower costs

Voluntary commitment to an environmental management system which is operated actively helps to reduce business risks and utilise available opportunities – and the fact that efforts are made to save valuable resources accords with the wishes and demands of both partners and consumers and helps to open up new markets. In addition, the actual costs for electricity and water, for example, are reduced. Mandatory environmental protection measures are implemented in good time, the organisation can be assured of its own legal compliance and ability to produce acceptable evidence, and also benefits from a simpler planning process. An energy management system based on ISO 50001 can easily be integrated into an environmental management system to DIN EN ISO 14001. Whilst ISO 14001 considers all areas that are relevant to the environment, ISO 50001 concentrates particularly on energy usage.

ISO 14001:2015

The latest version of ISO 14001 was published in September 2015. The transition period from the old standard ends in mid-September of this year, which means that any certificates that have not been changed over to ISO 14001:2015 by then will lose their validity. In order to ensure that the transition takes place in good time, TÜV NORD CERT recommends an early appointment. The transition audit can take place within the framework of the next surveillance audit or in an additional special audit.

New items not present in the previous version include the High Level Structure, which is intended to create greater harmonisation between the different management system standards. As regards content, there is greater focus on the context of the organisation and the environmental aspects along the added value chain. These also include upstream and downstream processes and risk management.

Revised EMAS Regulation 2017

In order to ensure better compatibility with environmental management standard ISO 14001, the EMAS Regulation has also been revised. The revised Regulation (EU) 2017/1505 entered into force on 18 September 2017 and includes amendment of Annexes I (Environmental Review), II (Environmental management system requirements) and III (Internal Environmental Audit). This means that the changed requirements of ISO 14001 are now a fundamental part of EMAS and must be implemented by the time of the next audit. The necessary modifications, consisting of integration of the Annexes into the existing environmental management system, only involve very low expenditure of time and therefore money for EMAS-registered organisations. By agreement, audits before the 14 September 2018 can also be performed based on the previous requirements. However, the EMAS registration would then become invalid on 14 September 2018. Currently, Annex IV of the Regulation is also undergoing revision.

Enhanced profile through the certificate

Following a successful audit, in addition to receiving the certificate according to DIN EN ISO 14001, EMAS-certified companies are entered into a public register and receive a registration certificate.

Benefits at a glance

Certification according to DIN EN ISO 14001 and EMAS offers the following benefits:

  • Cost saving through continual improvement of in-process environmental protection
  • Resource saving (e.g. energy, water)
  • Timely implementation of necessary environmental protection measures
  • Lower fees during planning approval procedures
  • Assurance of legal compliance and permissible evidence when taking measures to increase the trust of customers, public authorities, insurance companies and the general public
  • Fulfilment of customer requirements for environmental awareness of suppliers (prerequisite for supplier approval)
  • Enhanced image as an environmentally-aware organisation
  • Reduction of environmental risks

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