BS 8555:2016 now available for pre-order

13th December 2016

BS 8555:2016 is a Phased Environmental Management System (EMS) Implementation Guide and is now available for pre-order.

What is BS 8555:2016?

BS 8555:2016 provides organisations with a more manageable approach to implementing an EMS to manage their environmental impacts and improve their environmental performance. The Standard enables organisations to improve their environmental performance by developing an Environmental Management System over a five staged approach. This staged approach can be stopped at any time, or can continue to a stage at which ISO 14001:2015 certification can be achieved.

BS 8555:2016 helps organisations to improve system processes relating to environmental performance, encourages organisations to become more innovative and helps to achieve regulatory requirements whilst enhancing reputation amongst stakeholders.

Who can implement BS 8555:2016?

Regardless of organisation size, sector or maturity BS 8555:2016 can be useful for those organisations seeking to implement an EMS over a phased period of time. Although the Standard may be more advantageous for SMEs it can also be used within larger organisations, especially those with multiple sites.

What changes have been made in the 2016 version?

As with ISO 14001:2015 the BS 8555:2016 Standard has also been updated. Changes to BS 8555:2016 have been made to ensure each of the five stages clearly align with ISO 14001:2015 meaning both Standards now focus on Orgnisation Context, Leadership, Improving Environmental Performance and the determination and management of Risks and Opportunities.

How can implementing BS 8555:2016 help your business improve its environmental performance?

With ever increasing pressure being placed on organisations to improve their environmental performance, businesses of all sizes and sectors are seeking ways in which they can successfully manage their environmental performance in the most costeffective and efficient way possible.

How can GEP Environmental help you?

GEP Environmental are experts in developing, implementing and maintaining management systems and we have supported a wide range of clients within a variety of sectors to successfully gain certification against a number of Standards, including ISO 14001:2015, ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 50001:2011. If your business would like support developing and implementing an Environmental Management System, please contact us now using the link at the bottom of this page.

Peter Schofield, Environment Manager

Grace Sparey, Environmental Consultant

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