It establishes the requirements of a management system aimed at the continuous improvement (reduction) of the environmental impacts of an organization’s overall operation. An organization can use the standard’s requirements to improve its environmental performance and manage its environmental responsibilities systematically.
Encourages the organization to manage its environmental aspects systematically.
Assists the organization in achieving the optimal results of its management system, adding value to the environment and stakeholders.
Can be applied to any organization, regardless of size or activity.
Does not specify specific criteria for environmental performance and does not set specific goals.