ISO 14001 Certification & Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Consulting

AFTAN ENGINEERING
839 Alleghenyville Road Mohnton, PA 19540-7708
Tel. 610-914-1356 email: lpeterson@aftan.com
Aftan Sustainability, ISO 14001, and Lean Six Sigma Continuous Process Improvement Consulting

What Is ISO 14001? Why Is It Important to Your Business?

ISO 14001 is the international Standard for Environmental Management. Achieving ISO 14001 Certification is an important milestone in an organization's history. Maintaining ISO 14001 Certification is an equally important goal for that organization.
ISO 14001 Certification is becoming more important for companies.
  • Customers are looking for suppliers who not only provide products or services at a competitive price but who also demonstrate their environmental stewardship.
  • Financial institutions and shareholders place higher importance on companies achieving ISO 14001 Certification because they want their investment in those companies to be secure in terms of sustainability.

What Is an Environmental Management System?

An Environmental Management System (EMS) is intended to enhance a company's environmental performance. The EMS documents the policies, objectives, and associated processes for the company.
The ISO 14001 auditor will use the company's EMS document as the guiding document for the scope of the audit as well as to assess the performance and effectiveness of the objectives and planned activities of the company.

What Is Life Cycle Thinking?

One of the new requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 standard is the requirement for Life Cycle Thinking. Considering a company's environmental impact from the cradle to the grave can seem like a daunting task.

For each item or service that a company purchases, there could be many other companies that were involved upstream to the point where we acquired raw materials from nature.

And for each item or service that a company sells, there could be many other companies or consumers that will be involved downstream to where the product meets its end of life and is recycled, refurbished, reused, incinerated, or landfilled.

Understanding and considering these upstream and downstream processes are the Life Cycle Thinking that the ISO 14001:2015 standard involves. Depending on the company's level of desire for continuous improvement, this life cycle thinking could involve the formal method of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to drive a more quantitative estimate of potential environmental and economic savings.

How Can Aftan ISO 14001 Experts Help?

We specialize in supporting organizations become or continue to be ISO 14001 compliant. We help companies

  • big and small;
  • with single or multiple sites;
  • in an office or manufacturing setting; and
  • whether new to or very familiar with the standard.
Our help can range from support to full service, and we'll customize a package to meet your needs.
Sustainability Consultant Lisa Peterson
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Lisa Peterson, Ph.D., PE is the President of Aftan Engineering presently licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and States of Maryland and Michigan. Lisa is an expert ISO 14001 Consultant, experienced Engineer, business person, and uniquely qualified to assist you with ISO 14001 Certification because she has

  • a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, an MBA, Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering;
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification;
  • decades of engineering experience with Continuous Improvement; and
  • lastly, has held high-level management positions.

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