Update to ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems – Getting Closer
ISO 14001, Environmental Management Systems, the world’s first management system to be focussed on the environment is currently being revised. As climate change and the impact of business on the environment is one of today’s major challenges to tackle, this revision will ensure relevance in the market place today and in the future.
The 2015 revision of ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, moved a step closer recently with the announcement of the final draft. Following initial delays, the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS), is expected in July. What is known, is that following the draft release, the FDIS will be available to national bodies for a two month period of voting.
“The ISO 14001 committee met in London in the last week April to review nearly 1,400 comments following the publication of the DIS in 2014. The outcome of the meeting included the decision to move to the next stage which is to create a Final draft International Standard (FDIS) which is expected in July 2015 before publication of the standard in September 2015.
Mike Hennigan, Secretary said ‘This is an important milestone in the revision of the worlds most widely adopted environmental management standard. The committee has put in a huge amount of work and dedication in reaching this stage, it’s a credit to everyone involved’.”
Benefits of the key changes to ISO 14001
September 2105 is the expected release of the updated ISO 14001:2015. So what improvements can you expect to see? The whole company will be motivated to be involved in the management system, focussing on set goals and objectives:
- The emphasis on leadership
- Emphasis on objectives measurement and change
- The focus on risk management
- Communication and awareness
- Fewer prescriptive requirements
Businesses will benefit from key changes through easier incorporation of their environmental management system into their core processes. The new integrated approach will make it easier for your business to implement multiple management systems, using a common framework, structure and language across the board.
Further advice on ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System
The BSI Group have information regarding the revision to ISO 14001, in the form of latest news, whitepapers and a video. Follow the link to see more. If you have read the information and would like to talk over the impact of the changes to your company, please get in touch. We are always happy to advise.
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