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Environmental management systems guide revised

The standard has been updated to reflect the recent revisions to ISO 14001:2015 environmental management systems: requirements with guidance for use. BS 8555 provides guidance for organisations on implementing an environmental management system, irrespective of the nature of the business activity, its location, or level of maturity.

BS 8555 allows organisations to implement and maintain an environmental management system using a step-by-step approach, with the option to stop at any of the five stages, driving positive cultural change. The step-by-step approach enables adopters of the standard to eventually attain a level suitable for ISO 14001 certification.

The phased approach allows an organisation to choose the pace of their EMS, decide what phase they want to reach and when, and identify and maximise the areas of potential greatest return on investment. The revised standard was reformatted and the language made clearer so that each phase follows a clear structure.

Panel members involved in the development of BS 8555 include representatives from IEMA, CIRIA, UKAS, the UK Environment Agency, and environmental consultants, some of whom took part in the recent major revision of ISO 14001.