ISO 14001: new draft standard already on sale

The standard ISO 14001 is used worldwide for setting up and certifying environmental management systems. It is part of the ISO 14000 family that addresses various aspects of environmental management.

ISO 14001 creates a framework that an organisation can use to set up an effective environmental management system. By implementing ISO 14001, an organisation can guarantee to its management, employees and external stakeholders that its environmental impact is measured and consequently improved.

The benefits of the current standard ISO 14001:2004 include:
1. Reduced cost of waste management
2. Savings in consumption of energy and materials
3. Lower distribution costs
4. Improved corporate image

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) has recently published a new Draft International Standard (ISO/DIS 14001) for ISO 14001. The new edition will be future proof for at least the next 10 years.

ISO/DIS 14001:2014 introduces organizations to the control of outsourced processes, which relates to the environmental aspects and risks and opportunities that can be controlled using a life cycle perspective. There will now be a three month period for public comment on the ISO/DIS14001, followed by a vote on the proposed changes. The revised ISO 14001 is due to be published by the end of 2015 and organizations will have a three-year transition period from that point to migrate their environmental management system to the new version on the standard.

The new ISO 14001 adopts the new structure that applies to all ISO management system standards, the so-called High Level Structure (HLS). This uniform structure makes it much easier to integrate different management systems (for quality, environment, energy etc.)

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