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New requirements in ISO 14001:2015 EMS

  • The impact of external factors and of the context of the organization upon environmental goals has gained significance. Organizations will be expected to systematically take these into account

  • The implementation of an EMS is the full responsibility of top management. Top management will be expected to determine quantitative data for the strategic planning of its core business in relation to the environment.
  • As far as environmental policy is concerned, organizations should not only commit to the reduction of negative influence upon the environment, but also aspire to have positive impact. Thus, a successful EMS not only aims at an environmental status-quo, but works to actively improve environmental conditions.

  • In the evaluation process, product lifecycles need to be identified, but for now an appropriate evaluation-system is not a criteria of the standard.

  • In the section on regulatory requirements, the topic of self-commitments is clearly more emphasized. The implementation of self-commitments is voluntary and could be put into practice by company-specific arrangements with customers, trade-associations or NGOs as an effective instrument representing the company’s strong profile in environmental issues.

  • The wider scope of the environmental management system is also reflected in the requirements on environmental goals. Beside the internal-, the external criteria play a major role including an adequate documentation and evaluation-system.

  • The requirements on environmental performance have also become more specific. Organizations will have to specifiy their performance in terms of quantitative data. The use  of DIN EN ISO 14031 (evaluation of the  environmental-achievement) and DIN EN ISO 14044 (ecobalances) as well as a combination with the ISO standard 50001 (Energy management systems) is recommended for this purpose.

  • During the planning and control of the value chain the standard explicitly requires the assessment of up- and downstream processes like the transport of raw-materials at the beginning or of the disposal of waste and the end of the value chain (including consideration of the product design). This covers the definition of lifecycles for products or services and the compilation of related legal provisions as well as an adequate communication-concept including goals and documentation.

Change in Terminology

Legal and other requirements Compliance obligations
Documents; records Documented information
Management Representative Term not used
Preventive action Term not used
Term not used Leadership
Term not used Risk
Term not used Threat
Term not used Opportunity
Term not used Environmental conditions
Term not used Life cycle


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New requirements in ISO 14001 EMS?


4 Context of the organisation
4.1 Understanding the organisation and your context New requirement! This new concept relates to the factors and conditions affecting organisational operation e.g regulations, governance and environmental conditions.
4.2 Understanding the needs and expectations  of interested parties New requirement! Environment conditions are the elements of the environment which can be affected by the organisation (air quality, water quality,land use, etc. ) or those which can affect the organisation (climate change, existing land contamination, etc.)
4.3 Determining the scope of the  environmental management system 4.1 General requirements  The needs and expectations of interested parties can become compliance obligations.
It is no longer permissible to exclude activities , products and services from the scope of the environmental management system which can have significant environmental aspects.
4.4 Environmental management system 4.1 General requirements  Consideration needs to be given to a number of specified factors when establishing the scope of the EMS. The scope now needs to be available to interested parties.
Consideration needs to be given to the knowledge referenced in clause 4.1 on the context of the organisation when establishing and maintaining the environmental management system. 
5. Leadership
5.1  Leadership and commitment New requirement!  Top management of the organisation are now required to demonstrate leadership and commitment to the EMS in a number of specified ways.
5.2  Environmental policy 4.2 Environmental policy The policy commitment to the preventions of pollution has been replaced by the need of an overarching policy commitment to the protection of the environment. This is to include the prevention of pollution and other issues (such as sustainable resource use ,climate change mitigation and adaptation, etc.).
5.3  Organisational roles, responsibilities and authorities 4.4.1 Resources, roles, responsibility and authority There is no longer a need for a management representative (s), however the roles, responsibilities and authorities previously assigned to them still need to be assigned within the organisation.
6. Planning
6.1 Actions to address risk associated with threads and opportunities 
6.1.1 General  New requirement! Consideration needs to be given to identified internal and external issues (4.1) and the needs and expectations of interested parties (4.2).
6.1.2 Significant environmental aspects  4.3.1 Environmental aspects The identification of aspects and impacts now needs to consider a life cycle perspective. It has now been made exlicit that this shall also take into account abnormal and emergency situations.
6.1.3 Compliance obligations 4.3.2 Legal and other requirements Compliance obligations' is the new term for 'legal and other ' requirements - this gives equal weighting to non- legislative mandatory obligations and voluntary obligations as legal requirements. Documented information on compliance obligations must be retained.
6.1.4 Risk associated with threats and opportunities New requirement! This is a new concept which require the identification of the risk (defined as the effect of uncertainty an objectives ) associated with threats and opportunities that need to be addressed. Whilst maintaining documented information on these.
6.1.5 Planning to take action New requirement! The organisation needs to plan to take actions to address risk associated with threats and opportunities, significant environmental aspects, and compliance obligations.
6.2 Environmental objectives and planning to achieve them 4.3.3 Objectives, targets and programme(s) 
6.2.1 Environmental objectives 4.3.3 Objectives, targets and programme(s)  The term 'targets' is no longer used, however the requirements for what would be known as targets are included in clause 6.2.2
When setting objectives consideration now needs to be given to the risk associated with threats and opportunities.
The standard no longer includes a specific need to the views of interested parties when establishing and targets, however these will still be covered if any compliance obligations (which do still need to be considered) have been set based on the needs and expectations of these interested parties.
There are now specific requirements for the objectives to be monitored, communicated, and uploaded as appropriated.
6.2.2 Planning actions to achieve environmental objectives 4.3.3 Objectives, targets and programme(s)  The term 'programme' is no longer used and the standard talks about planning how to achieve environmental objectives instead. This planning now needs to include details on what resources will be required and how the results will be achieved.
7 . Support
4.4 Implementation and operation
7.1 Resources 4.4.1 Resources, roles, responsibility and authority No significant change
7.2 Competence 4.4.2 Competence, training and awareness Persons now need to be competent if they can affect the organisational's environmental performance, rather than if they have the potential to cause a significant environmental impact.
The need for training has been expanded into a wider need for taking actions to acquire necessary competences, which can also include mentoring, re-assignment or hiring /contracting activities.
7.3 Awareness 4.4.2 Competence, training and awareness This section has been rewritten, however the requirements are largely the same.
7.4 Communication 4.4.3 Communication
7.4.1 General  4.4.3 Communication Requirements are now prescriptive as to what the process for communication (internal and external) shall be. New requirements include the need to ensure that it is planned what, when,how and with who communications are made, and that the communications take into account compliance obligations,  are consistent with the EMS and are reliable.
Communications on the EMS must be responded to.
7.4.2 Internal Communication  4.4.3 Communication The communications process must enable persons working on the organisation's behalf to contribute to continual improvement.
7.4.3 External communication 4.4.3 Communication The previous requirement on deciding whether to externally about significant environmental aspects is no longer specific referenced , as this is covered in the overall communications process defined in 7.4.
7.5 Documented Information 4.4.3 Documentation
7.5.1 General  4.4.3 Documentation The terms 'documents' and 'records' have been replaced by the term 'documented information.'
7.5.2 Creating and updating 4.4.5 Control of documentation Specific reference is now made to the need for ensuring appropriate format and media.
4.5.4 Control of records
7.5.3 Creating and updating 4.4.5 Control of documentation Controls now need to ensure that documented information is adequately protected.
4.5.4 Control of records The document control activities to be addressed  by the system are specified.
8. Operation
4.4 Implementation and operation
8.1 Organisational planning and control 4.4.6 Operational control Specific reference is now made to the planning of operations, as well as their control.
Controls for processes should now be implemented to prevent deviation from compliance obligations, as well as from the policy and objectives.
There are requirements for the control of planned changes and the review of unintended changes. It is now specified that outsourced processes are controlled or influenced.
There are now requirements for determining procurement activities and considering requirements in design activities , taking into account  a life cycle perspective.
8.2 Emergency preparedness and response 4.4.7 Emergency preparedness and response There is now a specific requirement to prevent the occurrence of emergency situations and accidents.
The review and revision of the procedure should now also take place in particular after tests.
9. Performance evaluation
4.5 Checking
9.1 Monitoring, measurement , analysis and evaluation 4.5.1 Monitoring and measurement
9.1.1 General 4.5.1 Monitoring and measurement Greater detail on requirements for monitoring and measurement activities is specified.
There is a specific requirement for the evaluation of performance and the use of indicators.
9.3 Management review 4.6 Management review Changes in risk associated with threats and opportunities need to be considered during the management review process.
The consideration of the organisational's environmental performance now needs to include trends in nonconformities and corrective actions, monitoring, and measurement results, conformity with compliance obligations and audit results.
Review is required of opportunities for continual improvement, rather than recommendations for improvement.
The  outputs of the management review shall include any implications for the organisation's strategic direction.
10. Improvement
10.1 Nonconformity and  corrective action 4.5.3 Nonconformity, corrective action and preventive action The specific requirement for preventive action has been removed - the entire management system should be a tool for preventive action.
Actions to prevent recurrence of nonconformities shall specially include a determination of whether similar nonconformities exist or could potentially occur.
10.2 Continual improvement New requirement! The EMS needs to be continually improved in order to enhance environmental performance.

What is trained all through the course?

You are taught to:

  • Find the main changes amid the ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 14001:2008
  • Know how to revise the present EMS.
  • Appreciate the importance of the company context and follow a risk-based advancement.
  • Understand the application of the leadership, risk based thinking and the process management.
  • To build a stakeholder’s confidence by revising the processes with the advanced requirements.

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