What are the latest changes to ISO 14001?

What are the latest changes to ISO 14001?
In September 2015 the new ISO 14001—environmental management system standard, was published. ISO standards are reviewed every five years, and as the previous update to ISO 14001 was in 2009, the 2015 revisions were necessary to ensure the standard remains current in the market place. 

The amendments include high level structural changes, the introduction of new concepts (while older terminology is phased out), as well as the addition of some important new specific requirements, which either appear as new clauses or as tweaks to existing clauses.

Some of the key changes involve a focus on environmental management within the organisation’s strategic planning processes and with a greater emphasis on leadership. This requirement means that businesses will have to make environmental performance a bigger part of the strategic decisions being made by top level management, becoming a core part of an organisation’s strategy.

Additions also include pro-active initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation, as well as moving towards life cycle thinking, when considering environmental aspects. This addition asks companies to

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About the author:

Simone is an environmental law specialist and is head of LexisPSL Environment.

Simone moved to LexisNexis from Clyde & Co where she trained. Whilst at Clyde & Co Simone gained experience in contentious work, including large scale arbitrations, private claims and regulatory breaches, and a variety of non-contentious issues. Some of her experience includes the EU Emissions Trading System, the domestic Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, environmental due diligence, Energy Performance Certificates, permitting requirements and contaminated land.

Simone has written a number of articles, which have been published in various journals and is a trustee of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA).