ISO 14001:2015 specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to enhance its environmental performance. ISO 14001:2015 is intended for use by an organization seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability. ISO 14001:2015 helps an organization achieve the intended outcomes of its environmental management system, which provide value for the environment, the organization itself and interested parties. Consistent with the organizations environmental policy, the intended outcomes of an environmental management system include:

  • Enhancement of environmental performance;
  • Fulfilment of compliance obligations;
  • Achievement of environmental objectives.

ISO 14001:2015 is applicable to any organization, regardless of size, type and nature, and applies to the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services that the organization determines it can either control or influence considering a life cycle perspective. The current revision of ISO 14001 was published in September 2015. This helps organizations to identify, manage, monitor, and control the environmental issues. Since This is great for any size organization, from private to government, even non-profits. As part of an overall cleaner image many organizations aim to convey, ISO 14001:2015 will help guide through the consideration of:

  • Air pollution
  • Water and sewage
  • Waste management
  • Soil contamination
  • Climate change
  • Resource use, efficiency, and more.

An EMS is defined by ISO as: part of the overall management system, that includes organizational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes, and resources for developing, implementing, achieving, and maintaining the environmental policy & environmental aspect issues.


EMS elements are included in the ISO 14001 EMS and are based on a PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) model to ensure that environmental issues are systematically identified, controlled and monitored. The key elements can be described as follows:

Environmental policy

The winery should develop a policy statement of its commitment to the environment that should be used as a framework for planning and action. Management may to include only the cellar under the system, although it is recommended to eventually include vineyard practices to ensure client satisfaction.

Environmental aspects

Winery management must ensure that environmental attributes of all activities in and around the winery and vineyards have been properly identified. Those aspects that could have significant impacts on the environment should be determined and prioritised according to significance. The impacts register should be revised from time to time to reflect changes in the environment as a result of new operations or availability of new scientific information.

Legal and other requirements

The winery must compile and establish a comprehensive list of all environmental, legal, and other provisions, guidelines (such as Integrated production of wine) and regulations, relevant to the production of wine. This list must be revised and updated as new legislation, guidelines and other environmental requirements are promulgated and published.

Objectives and targets

Management must establish environmental goals for the company that are in line with the policy, environmental impacts, views of interested parties and other factors.

Environmental management programs

The winery must design, develop and implement appropriate environmental management programs to ensure compliance with its environmental objectives and targets. These programs must be monitored and internally audited from time to time.

Structure and responsibility

The winery must design, develop and implement a manpower management program. Environmental responsibilities, accountability, authority and liability must be assigned to each employee according to his/her capabilities; and responsibility, accountability, authority and liability should be negotiated with each employee and be incorporated in his/her job description/ employment contract.

Training, awareness and competence

Staff must be trained to competently assess and comprehend whether their activities constitute a health risk or a risk to the environment.

Document control

The winery must ensure effective management of procedures and other system documents.

Operational control

The winery must identify, plan and manage its operations and activities in line with the policy and objectives and targets.

Emergency preparedness and response

The winery must ensure that appropriate emergency preparedness programs, plans and schedules are in place and that response procedures are adequate to prevent the spreading of environmental accidents and incidents. Follow-up plans must prevent the recurrence of environmental emergencies. All staff members should be adequately trained and suitable equipment should be provided and applied to ensure effective environmental emergency preparedness.

Monitoring and measurement

The winery must ensure that appropriate monitoring and measurement programs, plans, schedules and methods are in place to ensure continued compliance with environmental legal provisions, environmental standards and guidelines imposed on the wine industry. Monitoring and measurement data must be used to test environmental management performance from time to time.

Nonconformance and corrective and preventive action

Whenever deviations from the environmental standard occur, appropriate corrective and preventive actions must be instituted to ensure compliance. All corrective and preventive actions must be documented to monitor progress and to ensure successful completion.

Management review

The winery must review the appropriateness of the ISO 14001 EMS from time to time to ensure continual improvement in environmental management performance.


Examples can include goals to improve on time delivery, defects, or scrap. The objectives should be designed to be S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based) and should have relevance at all levels of the company, Specific and Measureable Environmental Goals for the Organization:

Examples of Environmental Objectives:

Aspect 1: Waste Disposal Services – General Waste to Landfill.

Objectives: All waste disposal activities to comply with applicable legislation and licence / approvals.
Targets: Maintain 100% conformity with effluent disposal requirements
Programmes: Clear documentation and communication of Waste Disposal processes and Waste Streams.
Controls: Documented and approved EMS. In place and communicated procedures.

Aspect 2: Emissions of oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)

Objectives: Increase positive impact on air quality by improving effectiveness of tanker maintenance.
Targets: Achieve 20% reduction of NOx emissions by July 19.
Programmes: Identify key maintenance parameters for NOx reduction. In-house maintenance training/ maintenance schedule spreadsheet. Replace / upgrade older vehicles to comply with current directives.
Controls: Maintenance procedures. Training of Maintenance Technicians. Computerised notification of scheduled maintenance.

Aspect 3: Use of Paper

Objectives: Reduction of the use of paper. Increased use of recycled Paper.
Targets: Reduction of use of paper by 15% within 12 months. Purchase of recycled paper to increase to 50% of all paper purchased by end Q2 X.year
Programmes: Implementation of paperless systems for ISO management. Improved guidance on printing of documents and emails (e-footer). Review of recycled paper costs and cost reduction initiative with suppliers
Controls: Purchasing procedures and recycling collection. Generation of printed material for internal review (e.g. Tenders) to be reduced through 'smarter' document review process.

Aspect 4: Office Materials Recycling

Objectives: Increase in the recycling of paper. Reduction of use of ink cartridges.
Targets: To reuse or recycle 90% of paper by end of X Year. Reduce number of ink cartridges used by 30% by Q2 X Year.
Programmes: Introduction of recycling bins. Increased purchase of recycled paper only. Rationalise / reduce number of individual printers and set up network printer. Cartridge re-filling supplied to be established. Purchase of ink cartridges to be monitored.
Controls: Provision and use of paper bin for secure disposal of waste paper. Purchasing procedures re: recycle of ink cartridges.

Aspect 5: Consumption of Electricity.

Objectives: Reduction of the consumption of non-renewable resources.
Targets: Reduction of the consumption of electricity by 20% within 1 year (based on current year consumption).
Programmes: Electricity consumption monitoring through quarterly utility bill review (a/r). Policy definition re: efficient energy use
Controls: Use of Wireless Energy Meters. Policy and procedures for reduction of energy consumption.


The Certification process shall consist of the following key stages:-

  • Application Review & Contract Review
  • Initial Certification Audit: Stage-1 & Stage 2 Audit
  • Certification Decision
  • Continual Assessment (Surveillance Audit)
  • Renewal Audit
  • Suspending, Withdrawing, Extending or Reducing Scope of Certification


With the right consulting, implementation, preparation and a good understanding of what is required for ISO 14001 Certification, Some documentation needed ready for Certification Process. The documentation will define:

  • Environmental Manual
  • Organisation Structure
  • Who should record information and what information is recorded
  • Responsibilities of Employees
  • Lines of communication throughout the company
  • Internal Audit & Management Review Meeting
  • Environmental Policy & Objective
  • Environmental Aspect & Impact
  • Gap Analysis
  • Emergency Preparedness & Response
  • Documented SOP
  • Documented Procedures


The EMS provides a framework within which all environmental management information can be made available at the press of a button.

  • Demonstrate compliance with current and future statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • Achieve strategic business aims by incorporating environmental issues into business management.
  • Provide a competitive and financial advantage through improved efficiencies and reduced costs.
  • Encourage better environmental performance of suppliers by integrating them into the organization's business systems
  • Helps significantly in demonstration of management responsibilities and commitments to environmental concerns towards employees, stake holders and society.
  • Helps in identifying, control and monitoring of the environmental concerns of organization.
  • Help companies stay in compliance with concerned statutory & regulatory requirements
  • Considerably minimizes the business impact on environment and leads to lesser the risk of financial penalties.
  • Improvements in overall environmental performance and compliance.
  • Managing environmental obligations and simultaneously increases efficiency and increases cost saving.
  • Helps in measuring even smallest parameters which can make a significant differences such as use of by products, reduction in wastes, optimum utilization of resources, better environment throughout organisation etc.
  • Helps in converting by products and other waste into commercially valuable forms.
  • Reduced energy consumption significantly.
  • Reduction of costs associated with emissions, discharges, waste handling, transport & disposal.

ROAD MAP FOR ISO 14001:2015

Roadmap and plan for ISO 14001 Covering key Points:

    Training on Standard Requirement Organizations needs to have the knowledge, skills and capability to support a standard beyond the certification audit.
    GAP Analysis & Environmental Aspect Analysis: We do gap analysis to identify what you do and what ISO 14001 recommends, it may be process addition or modification to adopt International Best Practices
    System Document Development: Based on the training the client reviews their own management system and evaluates their existing policies and procedures and modifies them to comply with the best practice.
    Internal Auditor: Training Regular internal audits against the system are the requirements of the standard.
    Standard Implementation: Client must ensure that their employees are adopting the new protocols and procedures inline of the standards.
    Internal Audit: Client conducts an internal audit of their management system implementation. They must examine their own processes and procedures in terms of effectiveness.
    Management Review: Client to discuss the future of their management system with their senior management about the strengths and weakness of the system to identify areas for continual improvement
    Pre-assessment: A pre-assessment audit done prior to and outside the formal scope of certification to identify area that need more work whilst also preparing key employees for the eventual audits. A useful audit to rehearse ,align and de-bug your system:
    Stage 1 - Assessment: Document Review
    Stage 2 - Assessment: Run through of the implemented systems.
    Certification Issue A certificate is provided to your organization.
    Continuing assessment Visit: A routine surveillance visit which every year or 12 months cycle over a three year period to monitor and evaluate continuing systems performance.
    Re-assessment: Re certification of your management system is required every three years after the initial certification and covers a comprehensive review of the whole system. It may include an additional stage 1 review where significant problems have been encountered during the course of the certification cycle.


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