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Promoting good Environmental practices with ISO.

March 7, 2017

ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 help promote good practice in environmental and energy management. Organizations, companies and cities need tools to address climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and manage energy adaptation going into the next decade.


Developed by ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 207 and its various subcommittees. These ISO family of standards provides practical tools for companies and organizations looking to manage their environmental responsibilities and brand image.




ISO 14001 - Environmental Management


ISO 14001:2015 and its supporting standards, focus on environmental management systems to achieve a higher level of environmental management. By completing ISO 14001 certification your organization can assure all company touchpoints, shareholders and customers, that your environmental management system (ENV or EMS) meets international industry specific environmental standards.


ISO 14001:2015 provides a framework for organizations to:

  • Develop the corporate image and credibility, help create your company brand;

  • Identify cost savings related to resource allocation, waste and energy management;

  • Ensure legislative awareness and compliance;

  • Improve environmental performance of supply chain and pre-qualification activities;

  • Protect the company, assets, shareholders and directors through environmental due diligence.


Using energy efficiently helps organizations save money and to allocate / conserve resources. In addition to ISO 14001,  ISO 50001 supports organizations in all sectors to use energy more efficiently, through the development of an energy management system (EnMS).


ISO 50001 - Energy Management


ISO 50001 is based on the management system model of continual improvement also used for other well-known standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. This makes it easier for organizations to integrate energy management into their overall overall systems and quickly improve on their energy management.


ISO 50001:2011 provides a framework of requirements for organizations to:

  • Develop a policy for use of energy more efficiently;

  • Fix targets and objectives during the management review to meet the policies and local legislation;

  • Use data and results to better understand and make decisions about energy use;

  • Continually improve energy management.


Like other ISO management system standards, certification to ISO 50001 can also be very valuable during your company branding and pre-qualification efforts; however, some organizations decide to implement the standard solely for the benefits and cost savings that it provides. 

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