Condition of the environment is one of the major problems of contemporary society. Humankind impact on the environment increases continually, causing global changes in many natural processes: the World ocean supplies are depleted, the atmosphere and soil are polluted, the Earth ozone layer is affected. And as a consequence a vast number of different kinds of animals and plants are extinguished. Forestland of the planet is rapidly decreasing, which is accompanied by desertification of natural zones, quantity increase of greenhouse gases, irreplaceable loss of plant and animal biological diversity, natural disasters. Quantity of mineral resources is decreasing.
When you’ve finished getting yourself ready in the morning, you must go get the planet ready — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
All of this made the mankind think about the necessity to regulate its relationships with the world around. Governmental control has become the main way to preserve the environment. In Russia, as in any other European country, there has been developed and is maintained a rather extensive legislation, regulating environmental management issues. In order to achieve high quality of the environment “team play” of both states and industrialists and an instrument, that can be applied in different countries and for different kinds of activities, are required. Therefore ISO series 14000 standards were “born”.
ISO 14001 has been developed in response to rising concern about the effect our activities and businesses are having on ourselves and the world in which we live. This has lead to an increasing number of studies of environmental impacts and the growth of environmental standards and regulations.
ISO 14001 is an international standard that provides a framework for organisations of any size to control and improve environmental performance via an Environmental Management System (EMS). More and more organisations are seeking to demonstrate sound environmental performance as the issue has gained ground in recent years and will continue to do so. In many sectors certification to ISO 14001 has almost become a de facto requirement for trade, as organisations in the supply chain seek to mitigate environmental risk.
ISO 14001 involves:
- Developing an environmental policy
- Identifying environmental aspects and impacts
- Planning how to fulfil the environmental policy
- Implementing means to control and mitigate environmental risk
- Checking effectiveness of the EMS and making improvements
- Reviewing the EMS with top management
These elements will drive your organisation to continually develop your environmental performance and achieve greater recognition in the marketplace you operate in.