ISO14001: A Powerful Weapon in the Battle against Anthropogenic Pollution?

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  • Title: ISO14001: A Powerful Weapon in the Battle against Anthropogenic Pollution?
  • Author(s): Josephine Mmojieje
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Constructed Environment
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of the Constructed Environment
  • Keywords: Environmental Management System, ISO 14001, Pollution, Sustainability, Waste, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Volume: 5
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2014
  • ISSN: 2154-8587 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2154-8595 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2154-8587/CGP/v05i01/37420
  • Citation: Mmojieje, Josephine. 2014. "ISO14001: A Powerful Weapon in the Battle against Anthropogenic Pollution?." The International Journal of the Constructed Environment 5 (1): 23-37. doi:10.18848/2154-8587/CGP/v05i01/37420.
  • Extent: 15 pages

Abstract

In preparation for revisions to the ISO 14001:2004, the globally recognised standard for the implementation of environmental management systems, this desktop study assesses its effectiveness in securing significant reductions in anthropogenic pollution attributed to industry. Through a review of the results of literature studies, undertaken in various industries from around the world, the International Organization of Standardization’s (ISO) data on certification progress, and feedback from environmental practitioner’s workshops undertaken by the Institute of Environmental Management and assessment (IEMA) and organisations seeking certification via the BS8555 Acorn scheme, a series of recommendations are made with the aim of further strengthening the influence of the standard on industry. In addition, the study examines the influence and impact of environmental assessment schemes, e.g. BREEAM and LEED, on the recent surge in take up of ISO14001 certification from the construction industry. In reviewing the findings, the study makes a number of recommendations, which include: The development and incorporation of standardised performance indicators based upon industry; the development of benchmarks, based on the above to enable a less subjective approach to the auditing of organisations seeking certification; the continual development and dissemination of best practice guidance and targets to enable organisations less familiar with the process to understand, engage and attain accreditation