ISO 14001 - (Section 4 - Environmental Management System)

4.3 Planning

4.3.1 Environmental aspects

The organization shall establish, implement and maintain a procedure(s)

  1. to identify the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services within the defined scope of the environmental management system that it can control and those that it can influence taking into account planned or new developments, or new or modified activities, products and services, and
  2. to determine those aspects that have or can have significant impact(s) on the environment (i.e. significant environmental aspects).

The organization shall document this information and keep it up to date.

The organization shall ensure that the significant environmental aspects are taken into account in establishing, implementing and maintaining its environmental management system.


4.3.2 Legal and other requirements

The organization shall establish, implement and maintain a procedure(s)

  1. to identify and have access to the applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes related to its environmental aspects, and
  2. to determine how these requirements apply to its environmental aspects.

The organization shall ensure that these applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes are taken into account in establishing, implementing and maintaining its environmental management system.


4.3.3 Objectives, targets and programme(s)

The organization shall establish, implement and maintain documented environmental objectives and targets, at relevant functions and levels within the organization.


The objectives and targets shall be measurable, where practicable, and consistent with the environmental policy, including the commitments to prevention of pollution, to compliance with applicable legal requirements and with other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and to continual improvement.


When establishing and reviewing its objectives and targets, an organization shall take into account the legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and its significant environmental aspects. It shall also consider its technological options, its financial, operational and business requirements, and the views of interested parties.


The organization shall establish, implement and maintain a programme(s) for achieving its objectives and targets. Programme(s) shall include

  1. designation of responsibility for achieving objectives and targets at relevant functions and levels of the rganization, and
  2. the means and time-frame by which they are to be achieved.