ISO 14001 Certification for the Environmental Management System

ISO 14001 Certification: Operational Environmental Management - Economical and Efficient

An environmental management system certified by TÜV Rheinland in accordance with ISO 14001 is not just globally valid and recognized throughout the world. It also opens up to you the forward-looking path towards personal responsibility and commitment. It is now a matter of course for most companies to seek improvement in their performance in protecting the environment and to provide evidence of this.

With an environmental management system certified by TÜV Rheinland in accordance with ISO 14001, you will uncover weaknesses in your environmental management system and create the basis for a continuous and verifiable process of improvement. You will reduce environmental risks, conserve natural resources and improve your environmental performance. Active and effective environmental protection requires not only technology, but also an effective environmental management system. This is an increasingly important factor for competitive success.

Send a Clear Signal in Matters of the Environment and Sustainability

Operational environmental protection used to be aimed primarily at regulatory compliance. The professional environmental management system of today has a strategic function. Raise the awareness of your employees for environmental protection and protect yourself from negative environmental impacts. Set your business on a sustainable course and use appropriate measures to ensure continuous improvement of your environmental management system. The internationally recognized ISO 14001 standard uses a system to support your efforts. With a certified management system, you will enhance your image among customers, partners, the public and your employees and send a clear signal of your commitment.

Benefits of ISO 14001 Certification at a Glance

With an environmental management system certified by TÜV Rheinland in accordance with ISO 14001 you can

  • Reduce emissions, waste and wastewater.
  • Save money through the targeted use of resources.
  • Reduce your environmental impact and improve your legal security.
  • Ensure compliance with the requirements of both customers and authorities.
  • Promote environmentally conscious behavior among your employees.
  • Improve your image with customers, partners and the public.
  • Achieve your own environmental goals and continuously improve your environmental performance.
  • Identify sources of error at an early stage and be able to eliminate them.
  • Receive international recognition for your operational environmental protection system.

Our experts will be more than happy to assist you should you have questions or require any further information on the ISO 14001 certification of your environmental management system.

Stages of Your ISO 14001 Certification

  1. Preliminary audit (optional)
    The auditors conduct a preliminary assessment. By doing so they determine which requirements of the ISO 14001 standard, if any, have already been implemented in your company.
  2. Documentation audit
    Our auditors examine the documentation of your environmental management system to determine the extent to which it already complies with ISO 14001.
  3. Certification audit
    You demonstrate the practical application of your environmental management system. Our auditors check its effectiveness.
  4. Issuing the certificate
    If all the criteria are met, your company will receive the certificate. This certifies the conformity with the standard and the reliability of your management system in accordance with ISO 14001. In addition, your company will be recorded in our online certificate database, “Certipedia”.
  5. Monitoring audits
    Our annual monitoring audits will help you in your continuous improvement process.
  6. Certification renewal
    By recertifying after three years, you will sustainably continue the process of continuous improvement of your environmental management system. You will be providing documentary evidence to your partners and customers of your commitment to enhanced environmental protection.

Requirements for ISO 14001 Certification

You can have your company certified in accordance with the ISO 14001 environmental standard regardless of size, industry or organizational form. However, there are some requirements for ISO 14001 certification that you must comply with.

  • You undertake to introduce, document, implement and maintain an environmental management system that complies with the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard.
  • To be able to certify your environmental management system you must first have implemented and tested a functioning and documented environmental management system.

What Is the Use of 14001?

ISO 14001 regulates environmental protection and the prevention of pollution in line with socio-economic requirements. The environmental standard is the globally applicable tool for the establishment and application of an environmental management system.

Which Areas Are Covered by Environmental Management?

As an entrepreneur, you have the freedom and flexibility to set your own framework conditions. You can introduce and implement the standard for the entire organization or just for certain operational units or activities. The company defines and documents the scope of the environmental management system itself.

  • What does a combination of ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 standards mean for me?
      • Enhanced efficiency
      • Time and cost savings
      • Harmonization
      • Better cooperation between responsible departments and positions
      • Greater acceptance by and motivation of employees
      • Simplification of rules
      • Identification and optimization of interfaces to avoid duplication of effort

  • How are environmental aspects identified and evaluated?
    • The identification of environmental aspects and significant environmental impacts is a process that can be divided into four steps:

      • Selection of the activities, production processes, services.
      • Identification of directly observable and indirect environmental aspects. These include, for instance, the goods and services used by the organization.
      • The product- and service-related identification of the environmental impact and the creation of a register.
      • Assessment of the environmental impact (relevance).

  • What does the term “legal compliance” mean in environmental law?
    • Legal compliance is compliance with environmental rules and regulations.

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ISO 14001 Online Quick Check

What level has the environmental management system in our company attained? What are typical issues with certification in accordance with ISO 14001? For answers please refer to our exclusive TÜV Rheinland “online quick check” for ISO 14001.

Anonymous and direct

The “ISO 14001 online quick check” will give you an overview of the level your company’s environmental management system has reached. As a result you will receive a direct online evaluation, including a summary assessment. The self-check will take approximately 5-8 minutes and is carried out anonymously. Drawing conclusions about an individual company based on the given information is not possible.

Benchmarking

A bar chart places your results in the context of the average results of all participants. This will tell how your company is faring in comparison with others.

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We wish you every success and hope you will derive some insightful results from your ISO 14001 check!

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Management of resources

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Process control

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Your results in detail

You belong to the group with a lot of potential for improvement

Your environmental management clearly has significant potential for optimization. The efficient and effective control of management processes and a continuous improvement process would enhance your company's environmental performance. Opportunities that you should take to reduce pollution, conserve resources and reduce costs. If you have any questions or would like to discuss further recommendations, feel free to contact us.

You are below average

Positive steps towards an environmental management system are recognizable in your company. In some places there is clearly significant potential for optimization. With specific to comprehensive improvements in certain areas, you will quickly achieve good results for the improvement of your environmental performance. You might consider a subsequent certification of your environmental management system. If you have any questions or would like to discuss further recommendations, feel free to contact us.

You are above average

Your company has obviously already turned its attention to the issue of environmental management. The test indicates that your company has solid to good conditions in place for certification in accordance with ISO 14001. Targeted improvements at certain strategic points could be made to improve your environmental management to the point of certifiability. Feel free to contact us to discuss recommended measures.

You belong to the elite group

According to these test results, your company has already implemented a good to very good environmental management system. It is likely that your company will achieve readiness for ISO 14001 certification with a few targeted measures. For a very reasonable cost, you will improve your environmental performance and conserve your resources, and a subsequent certification audit by TÜV Rheinland looks very promising. Get in touch with us.