The Palm Bay Utilities Department (PBUD) successfully completed its fourth certification audit of the Department’s Environmental Management System (EMS) by demonstrating compliance with the ISO 14001:2015 standard. PBUD was the first water and wastewater utility (public or private) in the state of Florida to be certified under the internationally recognized ISO 14001:2004 standard in 2008 and is the second registered ISO 14001 Utility in the state to obtain the latest 2015 certification. ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps organizations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of stakeholders.
Certification of an EMS results after an independent, external body audits the organization’s EMS and verifies that it conforms to the ISO 14001:2015 standards. Registration occurs when the external auditing body records the certification in the client register.