The main purpose of the revision is to provide a set of common and stable requirements for at least the next 10 years. This will be possible due to the requirement that all management systems standard use the same high level structure as a base.
The purpose of ISO 14001:2015 is to provide organizations with a framework to protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in balance with socio economic needs. It specifies requirements that enable an organization to achieve the intended outcomes it sets for its EMS. An approach to environmental management can provide top management with information to build success over the long term
ISO 14001:2015 is structured around the High-Level Structure proposed in Annex SL for all ISO management systems. It includes, in addition to the usual 3 introductory clauses, 7 basic clauses common to all management system standards. They are: Context of the organization, Leadership, Planning of the EMS, Support, Operation, Performance evaluation and Improvement. They replace current EMS clauses 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4. 4.5 and 4.6. This structure is intended to provide a coherent presentation of requirements rather than a model for documenting an organization’s policies, objectives and processes.
New ISO 14001:2015 shows that is not enough managing environmental aspects associated to the purchasing of products or services, but it’s necessary go a step further, influencing on environmental aspects related to its design, manufacturing processes and the further using of the products and services (life cycle).
On the other hand, external communication now it’s not an option. It’s now a mandatory item if it’s required by its own compliance obligations, or expectative of the relevant interested parties.
This new clause regroups well known requirements but with new emphasis on evaluation of data from appropriate sources to provide relevant information for top management decision making. It requires evidence of the evaluation of results of monitoring and measurement, not just their analysis.
The organization has to considered what, how and when to measure and prove that the outcomes from this decision result in appropriate monitoring of the environmental performance and effectiveness of the EMS. Information on environmental performance now also includes the use of trends and indicators
ISO 14001:2015 Version
4 Context of the Organization
9 Performance Evaluation
The key focuses of the ISO 14001:2015 revision were to enhance clarity and compatibility with other management system standards.