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BSI (British Standards Institution) has revised BS 8555 Environmental management systems – Phased implementation guide. The business standards company says the standard has been updated to reflect 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, whatever the business activity, location, or level of maturity.

BS 8555 offers a step-by-step approach, with the option to stop at any of the five stages, driving cultural change. That step-by-step approach enables adopters of the standard to eventually attain a level suitable for ISO 14001 certification.

British Standards says that 8555 helps organisations adhere to regulatory requirements and to demonstrate to customers, investors and peers that they are considering environmental impacts, while helping them to manage resources and changes in circumstances. A phased approach allows an organisation to choose the pace of their EMS, decide what phase they want to reach and when, and identify and maximize 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.

BSI adds that 8555 has brought environmental management up to date in line with requirements in ISO 14001.

David Fatscher, Head of Market Development for Sustainability and Services at BSI, said: “A successful Environmental Management System helps organizations remain commercially successful without compromising their environmental responsibilities. However, such projects can sometimes seem daunting and management may be unable to commit the required resources. By phasing implementation with BS 8555, all organizations – whatever the nature or scale of business – can improve their environmental performance.

“BS 8555 has been updated to ensure that it continues to help organizations improve business processes, save money and deal with future environmental challenges.”

Panel members involved in the development of BS 8555 include representatives from IEMA, CIRIA, UKAS, the UK Environment Agency, and environmental consultants. Visit


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