ISO 14004:2016

The third edition of ISO 14004 has been published with a new title, “Environmental management systems – General guidelines on implementation”. It replaces ISO 14004:2004 that had the title, “Environmental management systems – General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques”.

ISO 14004:2016 provides guidance for an organization on the establishment, implementation, maintenance, and improvement of a robust, credible, and reliable environmental management system (EMS). The guidance provided is intended for an organization seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.

ISO 14001:2016 helps an organization achieve the intended outcomes of its EMS, which provides value for the environment, the organization itself, and interested parties. Consistent with the organization’s environmental policy, the intended outcomes of an EMS include:

  • enhancement of environmental performance;
  • fulfilment of compliance obligations;
  • achievement of environmental objectives.

The guidance in ISO 14004:2016 can help an organization to enhance its environmental performance, and enables the elements of the EMS to be integrated into its core business process.

Note that while the EMS is not intended to manage occupational health and safety issues, these can be included when an organization seeks to implement an integrated environmental and occupational health and safety management system.

ISO 14004:2016 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.

The ISO 14004:2016 guidance can be used in whole or in part to systematically improve environmental management. It serves to provide additional explanation of the concepts and requirements.

While the guidance in ISO 14004:2016 is consistent with the ISO 14001 EMS model, it is not intended to provide interpretations of the ISO 14001:2015 requirements.

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