In previous posts we were discussing about what is an ISO 14001:2015 in detail. Now in this post we are going to learn about “What will be the specific changes in ISO 14001:2015” for any organization.
The revised version of ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management, is on target for 2015. We reported back in 2012 that the update was due, but this has now been delayed 2015.The new ISO 14001:2015 standard specific changes are below:
Strategic Environmental Management
There is a new requirement to understand the context of the organization determining external and internal issues relevant to the organization and the environment. Particular focus is on the needs and expectations of interested parties that can affect, or be affected by, the organization. In this context the organization shall identify risks associated with threats and opportunities, significant environmental aspects and compliance obligations and determine actions to address them within the EMS.
A new clause has been added with specific responsibilities for top management to demonstrate their leadership and commitment to environmental management.
Protecting the Environment
Environmental policy shall include a commitment to the protection of the environment. There is no definition about this but it includes prevention of pollution and other commitments such as sustainable resource use, climate change mitigation and adaptation, protection of biodiversity and ecosystems, etc.
The emphasis is now on improving performance related to the management of environmental aspects. The organization shall determine criteria to evaluate its environmental performance, using appropriate indicators.
Organizations will need to extend its control and influence to the environmental impacts from raw material acquisition/generation to end-of-life treatment. This does not imply a requirement to carry out a lifecycle assessment.
Equal emphasis on external and internal communications has been added. The decision to communicate externally is retained by the organization but taking into account its compliance obligations.
The term ISO 14001 documented information is used instead of documents and records. The organization has the flexibility to determine when procedures are needed.
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