ISO 14001, the world's first widely adopted international standard for environmental management systems, has helped more than 300,000 organizations worldwide improve their environmental performance.Currently, the standard has undergone its first major revision since it was officially released in 1996, and the new version was officially released yesterday (sept 15).
The new standards ensure that they continue to help organizations improve business processes, save costs, and address future environmental challenges.Environmental experts from more than 70 countries and regions took part in the revision, which incorporated a series of updates designed to help organizations handle changing business conditions, from climate change to supply chain management.ISO 14001 provides a framework for organizations to reduce environmental impacts, reduce waste, and conserve energy while their businesses continue to grow.ISO 14001 can also help companies to be more innovative, improve management system processes, meet regulatory requirements, and enhance their credibility with investors, customers and the public.Ultimately, this new standard will help companies keep pace with changes in the environment and ensure they stay ahead of the curve.Changes to ISO 14001:2015 include1. The new higher-order structure (HLS) adopts all management systems to standard common terms, definitions, headings and text, so as to achieve easy integration when implementing multiple management systems2. For senior management, it is a new opportunity to further ensure the integration of environmental management into core business processes and objectives3. Refocus on the risks faced by the organization (e.g., price fluctuations of raw materials) and the opportunities brought about by these risks (higher energy efficiency of resources)4. New thinking on the organizational environment helps them understand the environment and its impact, as well as the impact of environmental issues (such as climate change) on the enterprise itself.ISO 14001:2015 standard change timeline1. July 2014ISO 14001:2015 DIS release2. December 2014The ISO international organization for standardization formally voted to adopt the ISO 14001:2015 DIS version, and the new standard entered the FDIS stage3. April 2015ISO 14001:2015 update critical meeting is held in the UK. ISO/TC 207/WG 5, the ISO technical committee responsible for ISO 14001 revision, said they took a significant step towards the release of ISO 14001:2015 at the meeting.4. May 2015ISO 14001:2015 FDIS version voted through5. September 2015ISO 14001:2015 was officially released on September 15.