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

By Josephine Mmojieje.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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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

Keywords: Environmental Management System, ISO 14001, Pollution, Sustainability, Waste, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 5, Issue 1, April 2014, pp.23-37. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 25, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 555.137KB)).

Dr. Josephine Mmojieje

Daphne Jackson Research Fellow, European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), Aston University, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

Having returned from a career in industry working as a Sustainability Consultant, Dr Josephine Mmojieje secured a Daphne Jackson Research Fellowship at the newly commissioned European Bioenergy Research Institute, at Aston University. She has wide range of experience and knowledge, developed over the years, in the following: conducting environmental assessments for building developments, as part of the planning requirements, i.e. BREEAM; developing site waste management plans for building contractors; developing, implementing and auditing ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems for the manufacturing and engineering industry and undertaking research into the development of sustainable building practices and products through the Waste & Resource Action Programme’s (WRAP) advocacy campaign. She is currently employed as an early career researcher examining the potential benefits of pyrolysis products for the fuel and agricultural industries (she recently presented at the Daphne Jackson Conference 2013 at the Royal Society in London on the subject of sustainable agriculture), examining the factors which promote pro-environmental behaviour and the effectiveness of the ISO 14001 standard in reducing the environmental impact of industry and commerce.