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.