Project Description

ISO 14001 EMS Certification – Key to organizational sustainability and commitment to healthy society
環境管理體系認證 – 組織可持續發展的前提、對健康社會的承諾

Since its publication in 1996, more than 150,000 organizations world-wide have an implemented and certified management system according to ISO14001. This increasing popularity demonstrates that any organization or business sector can benefit from the positive impact. Due to their own positive experiences, many ISO 14001 certified companies are asking their suppliers for this kind of certification in turn, particularly in the area of automotive supply.

On account of the standard’s compatibility with ISO 9001 (quality management), an increasing number of organizations choose to implement integrated management systems, in order to take advantage of the synergies. Environmental, quality, and occupational health and safety management systems (BS OHSAS 18001) are fundamental tools of corporate management; their use demonstrates acceptance of responsibility, and the intention to prevent the waste of resources.

ISO 14001自1996年公告以來,全球已超過150,000間公司實行與驗證此管理系統。由此受歡迎的程度得以證明企業大眾可從其中獲得利益,因此許多通過ISO 14001認證的公司同步要求其供應商亦需取得ISO 14001認證。

由於ISO 14001與ISO 9001之間的一致性,越來越多公司選擇將此兩套管理系統合併執行與認證。品質、環境、職業安全健康這三個管理體系成為公司管理的基本方法並且可釐清責任的歸屬與預防資源的浪費。

Primary Changes to ISO 14001:2015 主要變化點

ISO 14001 is one of the most successful ISO management standards. It was published in 1996 and since then over 300.000 companies worldwide implemented an environmental management system based on the standard’s requirements.

Organizations benefit from the implementation of an environmental management system based on ISO 14001 by improving their environmental performance, saving resources, energy and money. A certified environmental management system is a good preventive tool and helps to be in compliance with legal and other requirements.

The popularity of ISO 14001 is also a result of the continuous efforts to revise and update the standard, keeping it in line with current ecological, political and social developments. In 2004 a first revision introduced minor changes to ISO14001, in order to align it better with the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard, to make its requirements clearer and to facilitate the integration of quality and environmental management systems. During the last correction of the standard in 2009 which did not include new requirements, ISO announced a deeper revision which is now expected to be concluded in the middle of the year 2015.

Based on the results of the “Future Challenges for EMS Study Group” which evaluated potential implications of evolving stakeholder expectations and new developments in environmental management systems, the responsible ISO committee started its work in 2012. It went through several internal draft stages and has published the Final Draft of International Standard (FDIS) in July 2015, which already gives us a clear picture of the expected changes of structure and content:


ISO 14001:2015 will be structured according to the so called “High Level Structure” of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1, Consolidated ISO supplement, 2014, Annex SL, Appendix 2 which sets out the high level structure, identical core text and common terms and core definitions that are to form, when possible, the nucleus of future and revised management system standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO14001. The new structure helps to combine and integrate different management systems and includes the PDCA approach (Plan-Do-Check-Act). Like other new or revised management system standards, the ISO 14001:2015 will have the following 3 introductory clauses, followed by 7 clauses with requirements:

1. Scope
2. Normative reference
3. Terms and definitions
4. Context of the organization
5. Leadership
6. Planning
7. Support
8. Operation
9. Performance evaluation
10. Improvement


We see environmental performance gain prominence while addressing risk; life cycle of products; and, understanding the needs and concerns of interested parties in the context of the organization. The life cycle perspective requires organizations to look beyond its boundaries. Value stream planning requires managing upstream and downstream processes, including outsourced processes. Environmental objectives shall be linked to the organization´s processes and have to take into account internal and external factors as well as compliance obligations.

When it comes to value chain planning and control, ISO 14001:2015 will introduce a new set of requirements to manage or influence upstream and downstream processes. These include all outsourced activities, such as transport, packaging and disposal, as well as the procurement of goods and services.

The main changes are related to:

    • Increased requirements for top management commitment and involvement.
    • Emphasis on risk-based thinking
    • Need to understand the context of the organization, the needs and expectations and requirements of interested parties
    • Consideration of a life cycle perspective
    • Increased flexibility on the use of documentation


Clause 4 “Context of the organization” was included as a completely new clause. It requires a better and more strategic understanding of all the factors affecting the way organizations manage their environmental responsibilities. The organization shall determine external and internal issues that are relevant to its purpose and that affect its ability to achieve the intended outcome of its environmental management system. It shall identify the interested parties that are relevant to the environmental management system, as well as their relevant needs and expectations.

Clause 5 “Leadership” recognizes that leadership commitment is critical for the implementation of an EMS, and, in consequence, confirms that the implementation of the EMS is the full responsibility of top management. It requires much more commitment, responsiveness, support and communication from the top management level of an organization. Top management will be expected to ensure that the environmental policy and environmental objectives are established and are compatible with the strategic direction and the context of the organization.

Clause 6 “Planning” requires now, similar to the new requirements of the revised ISO 9001 and in line with the new High Level Structure, that the organization determines the risks associated with threats and opportunities that need to be addressed. The new risk approach covers also the specific requirement for preventive action. In addition to the already existing requirements regarding significant environmental aspects, the clause is now also more specific regarding legal and other requirements related to the environmental aspects, addressing them as “compliance obligations”. Planning also requires the establishment of environmental objectives at relevant functions and levels, taking into account the organization’s significant environmental aspects and applicable requirements and compliance obligations as well as the risk associated with threats and opportunities. When defining the objectives, the organization shall consider its technological options and financial, its operational and business requirements and make sure that the objectives are measurable (when practicable).

Clause 7 “Support” will not include new requirements but is a bit more prescriptive in relation to resource, competence awareness and especially to the required internal and external communication which shall be more appropriate, transparent and reliable.

Clause 8 “Operations” requires now – consistent with a life cycle perspective – the consideration of the value chain that impacts the environmental management system and the control of changes and outsourced processes. It is also more prescriptive in relation to emergency preparedness and response.

Clause 9 “Performance evaluation” now includes in a single new clause and in line with the new High Level Structure several already existing requirements from the current version of ISO 14001, including monitoring, measurement, analysis, evaluation of environmental performance, evaluation of compliance, internal audits and management review.

Clause 10 “Improvement” contains the current non-conformity and corrective action clause but is more structured and more demanding in relation to the consideration of nonconformities and the resulting actions.


ISO 14001 has provided an effective framework for environmental management since 1996 and the revised version will advance the concept of continual improvement in environmental performance. Although the structure will be changed and some requirements will be added or become more prescriptive, many parts remain without significant changes. Nevertheless it is recommend to monitor the revision process and to identify potential need for changes. DQS can give appropriate support through gap analyses and training regarding the new and/or changed requirements.

After publishing the ISO 14001:2015 standard in 2015, a 3-year transition period has been started until Sep 14, 2018.

Related Training Courses | 相關培訓課程

The courses include ISO 14001 Internal Auditor, Lead Auditor, etc.
課程包括ISO 14001內審員、主任審核員等。

Related Important Posts | 相關重要發佈

Transition to ISO 14001:2015 升級轉換

DQS Compact featuring ISO14001:2015 新概念淺析

Go for ISO Certifications with Support by TVP  借助[科技卷]獲取ISO 認證

Benefits 益處:

  • improve their operational environmental protection
  • achieve legal certainty through systematic observation of relevant environmental regulations
  • reduce environmental risks 減少環境風險
  • realize cost savings by way of systematic and proactive thought and action
  • foster employee identification, motivation and commitment
  • enhance their image and competitive ability – both nationally and internationally

Why DQS 爲什麼選擇DQS?

  • After issuing Germany’s 1st ISO 9001 certificate in 1986, DQS has globally certified 58,000+client sites.
    DQS在1986年頒發了德國的第一張ISO 9001證書後,至今為全球58,000多個場地提供了認證;
  • DQS certificates are widely accredited and well recognized worldwide.
  • DQS is one of the founders of and the sole CB of Germany as member of IQNet.
    DQS members have issued appx. 1/4 of management system certificates in the world. DQS clients can benefit from multi-recognition between members.
  • DQS is 1st Certification Body in Germany accredited by TGA (now DakkS) for ISO 9001 certification.
    DQS是德國第一家獲得TGA(現在的DakkS)認可提供ISO 9001 認證的機構;
  • DQS is 1st Certification Body accredited by IATF for ISO/TS 16949 in the world.
    DQS是世界上第一家獲得IATF認可提供ISO/TS 16949認證的機構;
  • DQS issued the 1st IRIS railway certificate in the world.
  • DQS has a large number of professionalauditors across the globe;
  • DQS has professional auditors with proficiency in environment and OHS related regulations in HK, Macau, and Mainland China.
  • DQS-HK is one of certification bodies recognized by Environmental Protection Dept (EPD) of Hong Hong Government. DQS-HK是香港政府環保署認可的認證機構之一。

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