The growing environmental awareness of the population and the further development of legislation mean that a "green" image and compliance with legal requirements are becoming increasingly important for companies.
Companies make an important contribution to achieving climate targets and are therefore part of sustainable development and their social responsibility. This way of thinking has also arrived in international trade. Therefore, it is not only important for the customer at the end of the supply chain that environmental impacts are reduced, but also for the producers of raw materials. It can be decisive for an order or the sale of products and services whether you can show the customer a certificate for environmental management.
More and more, society and business are focusing on the entire life cycle of a product or service. The environmental management standard ISO 14001 was published in 1996 by the International Organization for Standardization, and its new 2015 revision increasingly addresses the issue of life cycle considerations.
Therefore, it is important for companies to examine procurement, manufacturing, distribution and disposal for environmental aspects. The areas in which burdens on the environment can occur include waste water, waste, exhaust gases, hazardous substances, radiation, land use, noise and light pollution. These fields also provide the most opportunities for action to successfully implement environmental protection.
The tools of the standard, which include planning, implementation, analysis and improvement, help to identify the impact of your product on the environment. This is where a certified environmental management system comes in handy, because regular on-site audits verify that you are measuring and improving your environmental performance.
With the corresponding key figures, you will be able to prove this process and discover potential for improvement. In addition, the analysis illustrates where the strengths and weaknesses in the company are to be found. This results in measures that help the company minimize risks and take advantage of opportunities. Often, environmental protection measures are associated with high investment costs, which, however, discourages many organizations from implementing them.
The commitment and motivation to save resources is worthwhile in most cases and more than pays off in cost savings over many years to come. Thus, the company not only has a "green" vest, but also supports its own profitability. The efficient use of raw materials or the reduction of waste and CO2 play an important role in ISO 14001, as does compliance with laws.
The costs of an environmental violation can be accompanied by high fines or, in the worst case, as a criminal offense. That is why your certified environmental management system supports you on your way to legal compliance.
Some laws not only bring rules, but also the possibilities to save taxes, such as the peak compensation. So it is worth taking a look at the law books. In addition to legal compliance, another significant chapter of the standard is emergency management.
This is intended to regulate the handling of emergencies so that, in this case, all those involved from your company are informed. The focus here is on how to act quickly and efficiently to prevent worse consequences and dimensions.
Training is an important tool in this process and provides the basis for consistent action.
With X.CERT® you have a competent certifier of environmental management systems at your side. X.CERT® has specialized in SMEs and offers you, as a certifier, an efficient assessment of compliance and the further development of internal management systems. With our high-quality certificates, you not only create confidence in the market and improve your image, but also make sure that you stay on the right track.
X.CERT® is characterized by the diversity of its audit team. Here, many years of experience in conducting audits meet the latest scientific findings. These are supported by the experience of the regional university and the professional experience from the perspective of management representatives from practice together.
The interaction of these different perspectives of X.CERT® makes up its unique competence. This helps you to discover and promote potential for improvement in your company through intensive investigation.
The philosophy of X.CERT® is to add value to the company with our assessment and to support it in its development.
Due to the fast pace of life both within society and on a legislative level, it is often difficult to stay up to date in connection with management systems. We regularly inform you about emerging changes in standards as well as trends and innovations in order to stay up-to-date. Under our news and blog entries you will not only find exciting articles about our activities, but also information about interesting projects of our partners.
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Die Kosten einer ISO 14001 Zertifizierung lassen sich nicht allgemeingültig schätzen. Die Größe des zu zertifizierenden Unternehmens spielt eine entscheidende Rolle. Dabei haben die Anzahl der Standorte und Mitarbeiter sowie die Branche entscheidenden Einfluss auf die Gesamtkosten.
Es ist ratsam, vorab ein Beratungsgespräch mit unseren Mitarbeitern zu führen, damit wir ein maßgeschneidertes Angebot für eine ISO 14001 Zertifizierung erstellen können.
Ganz pauschal lässt sich diese Frage nicht beantworten, da sie von unterschiedlichen Faktoren beeinflusst wird:
Je größer und komplexer Ihr Unternehmen ist, desto mehr Zeit müssen Sie für die gesamte Zertifizierung einplanen. Der gesamte ISO 14001 Zertifizierungsprozess kann mehrere Wochen bis Monate in Anspruch nehmen.