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Assessing environmental impact with new ISO 14001:2015

Earlier this year the new ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Standard was released in replacement for the previous version ISO 14001:2004.

With more than 300 000 certificates currently issued around the world, ISO is one of the most common standards and a key business tool for many organizations to assess their environmental impact.

The 2015 version includes some key improvements: - A greater commitment from leadership; - An increased alignment with strategic direction; -Greater protection for the environment, with a focus on proactive initiatives; - More effective communication, driven through a communications strategy; - Life-cycle thinking, considering each stage of a product or service, from development to end-of-life.

The revision process involved 121 expert members of technical committee ISO/TC 207/SC 1 for environmental development, representing stakeholders from 88 countries. The transition period to switch completely to ISO 14001:2015 has been set to three years.

To help understand the main changes and improvements, Ligna Ltd has created a useful comparison table available here. For further information on the Transition guidance click here

Norbord to invest £95 million in sawmill modernization in Inverness

Norbord will invest £95 million to modernize and expand its OSB mill in Inverness, Scotland, nearly doubling its capacity to 640,000 cubic metres.

The investment will allow the Canadian company to increase massively the production of panel products to serve the European marketplace.

Over the past four years, demand for Oriented strand board (OSB) in Norbord’s main western European markets has been growing at an average rate of 9%. The modernized facility in Inverness, expected to be completed in the second half of 2017, will feature a direct road, rail and port access.

“Our European business is a source of diversification that is unique to Norbord among OSB producers, and brings stability to our earnings through the business cycle.  This is an important strategic investment, focused on the fastest-growing market for OSB, and will make our already strong European business a more meaningful part of our financial results", said Peter Wijnbergen, Norbord’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor commented: "This is more great news for forestry and timber in Scotland, following the recent report showing that the sector is worth almost £1 billion. Further investment like this, alongside the Scottish Government's commitment to plant 100,000 hectares of new woodland in the decade to 2022, gives the whole sector confidence for the future."