ISO 14001

Environmental Management System

ISO 14001 standard is the global standard for organisations wanting to demonstrate their environmental credentials. It details the requirements for implementing an effective environmental management system (EMS), which plays a vital role in how businesses measure, manage and control their environmental impact.

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ISO 14001 certification

  • Achieve ISO 14001 certification with an internationally accredited certification body.
  • Gain a competitive advantage through operational efficiency and lower costs.
  • Demonstrate legal compliance with environmental regulations and legislation.
  • Apply for tenders requiring ISO 14001 certification and win customer trust.
  • Suitable for all types and sizes of organisations – from SMEs and charities to corporates.

What is ISO 14001?​

Climate change, sustainability and environmental impact are major focuses for businesses in the global drive to net zero. Environmental management systems play a vital role in businesses looking to measure, manage and control their environmental impact.

ISO 14001 2015 standard was developed by the International Organization for Standardization. It is a systematic framework used by businesses to manage the immediate and long term environmental impacts of an organisation’s products, services and processes. By completing ISO 14001 certification, your organisation can assure stakeholders that your environmental management system meets international industry-specific environmental objectives.

ISO 14001 environmental management system certification provides a framework for environmental management best practices to help organisations:

  • Manage environmental aspects throughout the entire life cycle of operations.
  • Control the risk of pollution incidents to minimize environmental impact.
  • Improve operational efficiency through effective resource use.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Pursue ongoing development and continuous improvement initiatives to support a sustainable life cycle approach.

What are the benefits of ISO 14001?

Customers, stakeholders and investors are increasingly expecting organisations to manage their environmental impact. ISO 14001 certification demonstrates an organisation’s approach to controlling all environmental issues relevant to its operations, such as resource use, wastage, sewage, air, water and soil contamination. Over 300,000 certifications have been awarded to organisations in 171 countries.

ISO 14001 certification allows organisations to:

  • Apply for tenders from companies that require ISO 14001 environmental management systems certification.
  • Identify cost savings with an emphasis on resource, waste and energy management.
  • Improve employee engagement and boost customer trust in your organisation.
  • Improve your corporate image and credibility with stakeholders and investors.
  • Quantify, monitor and control the impact of operations on the environment.
  • Ensure organisational compliance with legislation and regulations.
  • Improve the environmental performance of the supply chain.
  • Potentially decrease public liability insurance costs for your organisation.
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How to become ISO 14001 certified?

Achieving ISO 14001 certification involves implementing an environmental management system (EMS).

We’ve certified hundreds of organisations to ISO standard, including brands such as Diageo and Greenstar. Certification Europe also provides ISO training to help your organisation define, develop and implement a effective environmental management system.

Our expert ISO assessors will conduct a comprehensive multi-stage assessment process to internal audit your EMS and determine if your organisation is compliant with ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems standard requirements.

If your organisation meets the requirements, Certification Europe issues an official certificate. Your organisation can use its ISO 14001 certification status in marketing and promotional materials.

Start your journey to ISO 14001 certification

Contact our team for a free, no-obligation quotation from our dedicated professional ISO Business Development team to start your ISO certification journey. We tailor our quotes to meet your requirements, and we support a range of ISO standards including ISO 27001, ISO 45001, ISO 9001 and Cyber Essentials.

Learn more about Certification Europe’s accreditations, discover our client testimonials and find out more about working with us.

The Certification Journey

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The Certification Journey

Stage One

The initial assessment determines if the mandatory requirements of the standard are being met and if the management system is capable of proceeding to Stage 2.


Stage Two

The second assessment determines the effectiveness of the system, and seeks to confirm that the management system is implemented and operational.


Recommendation for Certification

At this point in the process we review any corrective actions taken to address findings raised at Stage 1 & 2. Certification may be recommended.


Certification Review & Decision

The organisations files are reviewed by an independent and impartial panel and the certification decision is made.


Certification Achived

Successful certification is communicated to the client. Certificates are issued.


ISO 14001 FAQs

ISO 14001 standard is suitable for all types and sizes of organisations – from start-ups and SMEs to charities and corporations. The internationally recognised standard is used by a large number of industry sectors such as retail, hospitality, manufacturing, construction and financial services.

Its full potential, becomes an invaluable asset to your organisation.

The purpose of the standard is to assist companies in meeting statutory and regulatory requirements relating to their product while achieving excellence in their customer service and delivery. The standard can be used throughout an organisation to improve the performance or within a particular site, plant or department.

ISO 14001 is a framework that details the implementation and requirements for an environmental management system. Organisations can implement an EMS using in-house expertise or work with third-party ISO consultants to support their implementation process.

An environmental management system implementation includes defining organisational goals, assessing and evaluating environmental impact across operations, and putting in place controls and systems to monitor and record processes and policies for managing your environmental impact.

Certification Europe is an independent certification body and does not implement EMS. We do provide expert-led ISO training for internal teams to develop and implement an EMS.

ISO 14001:2015 is the latest edition of the international standard and is part of the wider ISO 14001 family. We assess and audit organisations in line with the most up-to-date ISO certification requirements.

We’re accredited by the INAB and meet rigorous international certification standards, delivering ISO expertise to audit and certify ISO standards.

Accreditation is the process by which a certification body is recognised to offer certification services. To become accredited, Certification Europe is required to implement a Quality Management System which is assessed by an Independent Authorised Body (Irish National Accreditation Body) to determine that it meets International Standards.

We’re audited annually to ensure our services meet the exact requirements of the relevant accreditation standards.

ISO 14001:2015 is accredited by INAB (Irish National Accreditation Body).

ISO 14001 certification lasts for three years and is subject to mandatory audits to ensure that you are compliant. After three years, you will be required to do a recertification audit in order to continue with your certification.

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