In December 2019, world leaders gathered for the Madrid Climate Change Conference (COP25) to discuss ways to implement the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is a part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and is intended to find ways to prevent the world’s temperature from rising more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. It also promotes ways to help countries create the financial and technological frameworks to meet these responsibilities while continuing to encourage innovation and economic growth. Despite the overwhelming public support for determined action to combat climate change, COP25, like many other climate change conferences, descended into a rancorous series of confrontations and accusations between rich nations, developing nations, and climate change activists.
The international marketplace has spoken loudly that economic growth and prosperity cannot be achieved at the expense of pollution, inefficient use of resources, and degradation of ecosystems. We cannot continue to pursue unsustainable growth by pillaging the resources that belong to future generations. Despite the fact that governments seem unable to act cohesively on these important initiatives, organizations all over the world have the opportunity to manage their operations in a way that protects the environment and encourages profitable and sustainable innovation.
ISO 14001:2015 is the international standard for environmental management systems. Organizations in any industry and of any size can use it to meet their compliance obligations for environmental regulations while finding operational efficiencies that save money and meet customer demand for sustainable production. As of 2019, there are more than 300,000 ISO 14001 certifications across 171 countries around the world. The most recent edition of ISO 14001 is designed to complement the standards for other management systems, such as ISO 9001:2015 for quality management systems and ISO 45001 2018 for occupational health and safety management systems. The high-level structure common to all of these standards facilitates the creation of integrated management systems and allows organizations to conduct integrated audits, all of which leads to process efficiencies that are at the heart of sustainable business practices. ISO 14001:2015 also incorporates Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) to drive continuous improvement, as well as risk-based thinking to learn how to turn uncertainty into opportunity and innovation.
ISO produces standards that meet all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. ISO 14001:2015, in particular, addresses goals such as sustainable cities and communities, climate action, and affordable and clean energy. Organizations looking to meet these goals can use complementary ISO standards like ISO 9001:2015 and the entire ISO 14000 series to focus their efforts.
The new Intelex Product and Standard Map Protecting the Future and Building Your Business: How Intelex Helps You Meet ISO 14001:2015 Requirements shows you how to use Intelex software to meet all the requirements of ISO 14001:2015. You’ll learn about important topics like:
- How Intelex applications are designed to meet the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle.
- Which applications you need to track your environmental permits.
- How to use Intelex software to ensure continuous improvement of your environmental management system.