ISO certifications are international standards that establish guidelines and requirements to ensure quality, efficiency and sustainability in various industries.
The function of ISO Certifications
- ISO certifications are issued by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and reflect an organisation’s commitment to specific parameters;
- The certification process requires time, effort and resources. Organisations must work to ensure that their management system is effective, well documented and able to demonstrate a lasting commitment to ISO standards;
- The process of awarding an ISO certification involves several steps and activities ranging from the decision to embark on a path towards certification, training, requirements analysis, design and implementation of the management system according to the requirements of the standard, selection of the certifying body, evaluation and up to the surveillance audits that follow the award.
There are several categories of ISO certifications, including the family ISO 14000, which covers environmental management. ISO 14001 is the main standard in the ISO 14000 series and is used to establish an environmental management system (EMS) within an organisation. The main objective is to help companies identify the environmental aspects of their activities, assess the impacts and take measures to reduce them.
Adopting these standards can lead to many benefits. Organisations certified to ISO 14001 for environmental management have shown not only a reduction in environmental impact but also improved operational efficiency in the long run. Not only that, ISO 14001 is directly linked to a better corporate image through demonstrating environmental commitment, legal and regulatory compliance, and improved stakeholder relations, including customers and local communities, among other benefits. To obtain some of the ISO certifications, such as UNI EN ISO 14064 which calculates and certifies the amount of CO2 equivalent generated by a company or UNI EN ISO 14067: 2018
which calculates and certifies the quantities of CO2 equivalent generated by a specific product, it is necessary to conduct analyses such as LCA.
The certification is an important step towards greater environmental responsibility and sustainable management, but long-term commitment is essential to achieve lasting results. By combining recognised standards with innovation and social responsibility, ISO certifications can play a significant role in guiding organisations towards more sustainable and quality-oriented practices.
zeroCO2 and ISO
By providing the service of calculating a company’s carbon footprint using the LCA method, zeroCO2 helps companies obtain globally valid environmental certifications such as UNI EN ISO 14064 and UNI EN ISO 14067: 2018.