The new ISO 14001:2015, published on September 15, 2015, ensures organizations fully integrating environmental management with business strategies, and has been developed to optimize the performance of the environmental management system. Changes to the new ISO 14001:2015 represent a structural change and the addition of new concepts.
The new standard incorporates concepts of social responsibility and sustainable development, takes into account stakeholders reinforces the need to comply with legal requirements and other requirements, introduces the concepts of risk and life cycle, strengthens the concept of leadership or expands the concept of continuous improvement among others. In short, it includes a series of changes that need to know and learn to implement.
Structural differences and ISO 14001: 2004 and ISO 14001:2015
Innovations incorporated in the new version of ISO 14001:2015
Currently, the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, Norma is in flux, trying to give a better response to the concerns and expectations of stakeholders in sustainable development, transparency, control of environmental pollution and inefficient use of resources, waste management, climate change and degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity.
Integrates environmental management in strategic management
Incorporating as a starting point the preliminary analysis of threats and opportunities for the organization to identify those environmental aspects that have the potential to cause adverse or beneficial environmental impact, and thus support the achievement of strategic organizational results, approaching Excellence according EFQM criteria.
Arises the term of documented information on the ISO 14001 version: 2015
Which will replace the documents and records specified in the previous version, pretending to more high value to the information available within the organization to support a correct environmental performance rather than the creation of a documentary structure, sometimes complex and poorly adapted to the organization.
It gives more weight to the evidence of improved environmental performance of organizations
By selecting key indicators to measure the achievement of the goals and processes of the value chain, ensuring that both normal and potential emergency you can have the necessary information to help determine the correct environmental performance of the organization .
Consider the environmental impact throughout the life cycle
Covering the needs of analysis and evaluation of environmental aspects in all stages that may be under control or influence of the organization, including from suppliers of raw and auxiliary materials, through the processes of the organization, transport, use and treatment at the end of the life of the product and / or service.
Simplifies documentation and aligned with ISO 9001:2015
It is in this context that the latest additions to the ISO 14001 draft develops: 2015, aiming at improved integration with other popular systems management in line with the new features in the draft of the new ISO 9001:2015. Based on its definition of a new structure and content that promotes integration between management systems following the high-level structure described in Annex SL., Common to all new management system standards.
With the new standard, it will be easier for organizations to incorporate their environmental management system in business processes and achieve greater involvement of senior management. The transition from ISO 14001: 2004 to the new ISO 14001:2015 is a task that all organizations that are certified to be made until September 2018.