ISO14001 – Anticipated Changes

BY reno ON 18th September 2014.

The main changes in the new draft show a greater focus on risk management and a shift towards improving environmental performance rather than the management system itself.

The main proposed changes are:

  • The EMS standard is being revised in line with a new high-level structure for all management system standards adopted by ISO, Annex SL
  • Understanding the organisation’s strategic context and engagement with interested parties
  • More emphasis made on Top Management within the organisation to promote environmental management
  • Greater focus on environmental performance improvement
  • Evaluating organisational risks and opportunities in the context of external environmental conditions
  • Strengthening requirements on the involvement of top management and integration of environmental management into core business processes and alignment with business strategy
  • Greater clarity on external communication
  • Additional commitments in the environmental policy specific to the organisation in respect of protection of the environment
  • Planning to achieve objectives with more detailed and specific programmes
  • A requirements to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken to acquire competence
  • Maintain knowledge of the organisation’s compliance status
  • Consider the lifecycle perspective when identifying environmental aspects, procurement requirements, design, development, delivery, use and end of life status