068/15/Gen.Inf. New ISO 140001 is published

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Learn more about the process of standard development here.

ISO 14001:2015 was published on September 15 after being approved by the vast majority of the member countries.

The standard is by far the most used and recognized standard for environmental management, used by several hundred thousand organizations worldwide.

Starting in 2011 it has been a long-lasting and extensive process to come to the final result. The revised standard is the culmination of the work done by around 120 experts from more than 80 countries. These are mainly delegates representing several national member countries, but also some other stakeholder groups. DNV GL has actively contributed to the process from the beginning, also with representation in the ISO Working Group.

“We are clearly in favor of the changes and we are pleased with the final outcome of the standard,” says Tor Gunnar Tollefsen, Global Manager for Management System Services in DNV GL – Business Assurance. He continues “I am convinced that users will appreciate most of the key changes, including life-cycle thinking, focus on leadership, better strategic fit, and focus on objectives and performance management.”

What are the main changes to the standard?

The key changes relate to:

▪ Increased prominence of environmental management within the organization’s strategic planning processes
▪ Greater focus on leadership
▪ Addition of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation
▪ Improving environmental performance added
▪ Lifecycle thinking when considering environmental aspects
▪ Addition of a communications strategy

In addition, the revised standard follows a common structure, with the same terms and definitions as a number of other management system standards such as ISO 9001. This makes them easier, cheaper and quicker for those companies who use more than one, not to mention helping out the auditors.

SOURCE: ISO website

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Eng. Dimitrios Nikolaos Spanos
Principal Maritime Auditor / Lead QMS Auditor
Principal Surveyor / Flag Inspector
Member of IRCA, IIMS, ELINT, HELMEPA & Nautical Institute

 

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