DIN EN ISO 14001
Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use (ISO 14001:2015); German and English version EN ISO 14001:2015
Umweltmanagementsysteme - Anforderungen mit Anleitung zur Anwendung (ISO 14001:2015); Deutsche und Englische Fassung EN ISO 14001:2015
Societal expectations for sustainable development, transparency and accountability have evolved with increasingly stringent legislation, growing pressures on the environment from pollution, inefficient use of resources, waste management, climate change, degradation of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity. This has led organizations to adopt a systematic approach to environmental management by implementing environmental management systems with the aim of contributing to the "environmental pillar" of sustainability. The purpose of this International Standard is to provide organizations with a systematic framework to protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in balance with socioeconomic needs. This is effected by the specification of requirements for an environmental management system that enables an organization to enhance its environmental performance, by: - developing and implementing environmental policies and environmental objectives, - identifying of aspects of their activities, products and services which may lead to environmental impacts, - introducing systematic processes which include their context and take into account their significant environmental aspects, risks in conjunction with risks and opportunities as well as compliance obligations, - increasing awareness of their relationship to the environment, - specifying of operational controls in order to direct and control their significant environmental aspects and compliance obligations, - evaluating the environmental performance and taking actions, as necessary. This International Standard specifies the requirements for an environmental management system for organizations seeking to introduce, realize and continuously improve a framework with the aim to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the "environmental pillar" of sustainability. The intended outcomes of an environmental management system provide a value for the environment, the organization and its 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. This International Standard is applicable to any organization, regardless of size, type and nature, and applies to the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services that the organization determines it can either control or influence considering a life cycle perspective. It does not state specific environmental performance criteria nor increases or changes the legal obligations of an organization. This standard can fully or partly used to improve the environmental management. However, all requirements are intended to be introduced and implemented in an environmental management system without exception if the organization claims that they are in compliance with this International Standard. This document (EN ISO 14001:2015) contains the German translation of International Standard ISO 14001:2015 which has been prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 207, Environmental management (secretariat: SCC, Canada), Subcommittee SC 1, Environmental management systems (secretariat: BSI, United Kingdom). The responsible German committee is the Working Committee NA 172-00-02 AA "Umweltmanagement/Audit" ("Environmental management systems/environmental auditing") at standardization committee NA 172 "Grundlagen des Umweltschutzes" ("Principles of Environmental Protection") (NAGUS). This text has been prepared using the basic structure for management system nouns introduced by ISO ("High Level Structure"). The basic structure described in Annex SL, Appendix 2 of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1, consolidated ISO Supplement, 2014, contains, in addition to the structure, a uniform basic text, common terms and basic definitions for use in management system standards.