Environmental management systems
The purpose of this International Standard is to provide organizations with a framework to protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in balance with socio-economic needs.
It specifies requirements that enable an organization to achieve the intended outcomes it sets for its environmental management system.
A systematic approach to environmental management can provide top management with information to build success over the long term and create options for contributing to sustainable development by:
This International Standard, like other International Standards, is not intended to increase or change an organization’s legal requirements.
The basis for the approach underlying an environmental management system is founded on the concept of Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA).
The PDCA model provides an iterative process used by organizations to achieve continual improvement. It can be applied to an environmental management system and to each of its individual elements.