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Title: Implement an ISO 14001 environmental management system

Abstract

The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) standard brings environmental concerns into the mainstream of business operations by providing a framework for balancing and integrating environmental and economic interests. ISO 14001 requires that an organization develop an environmental management program that describes all of its environmental objectives and targets and how each will be achieved. The program must include a specific plan that details the actions required to meet each objective and target, the person(s) responsible for meeting each objective, and a time scale for when each target will be attained. Objectives and targets can be prioritized within the program, but all objectives must be included. This article outlines the benefits of developing an EMS, explains the ISO 14001 EMS standard, and provides detailed step-by-step guidance on what to do to become ISO 14001 certified.

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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
566277
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Chemical Engineering Progress; Journal Volume: 93; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: PBD: Nov 1997
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING AND POLICY; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; IMPLEMENTATION; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; PLANNING; POLLUTION ABATEMENT

Citation Formats

Schiffman, R.I., Delaney, B.T., Fleming, S., and Hamilton, E.. Implement an ISO 14001 environmental management system. United States: N. p., 1997. Web.
Schiffman, R.I., Delaney, B.T., Fleming, S., & Hamilton, E.. Implement an ISO 14001 environmental management system. United States.
Schiffman, R.I., Delaney, B.T., Fleming, S., and Hamilton, E.. Sat . "Implement an ISO 14001 environmental management system". United States. doi:.
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