ISO 14001 New Environmental Standard

ISO 14001:2015 vs ISO 14001:2004

With the new ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Standard released near the end of 2015, there have been some changes. You can use the comparison table below distinguish between the new and old, and understand what has changed and improved. The structure of the new standard is now Annex SL and therefore some significant clauses have changed.

New ISO 14001:2015 Clause Number Previous ISO 14001:2004 Clause Number
1. Scope 1. Scope
2. Normative Reference 2. Normative Reference
3. Terms and Definitions 3. Terms and Definitions
4. Context of the Organisation N/A
4.1 Understanding the Organisation & its Context
4.2 Understanding the needs & Expectations of Interested Parties
4.3 Determining the Scope of the EMS 4.1 General Requirements
4.4 Environmental Management System
4.2.3 Control of Documents 7.5.2 Creating and Updating and 7.5.3 Control of Documented information
5.1 Leadership & Commitment
5.2 Environmental Policy 4.2 Environmental Policy
5.3 Organisational Roles, Responsibilities and Opportunities 4.4.1 Resource, Roles, Responsibility & Authority
6. Planning 4.3 Planning (title only)
6.1 Actions to address Risks and Opportunities (title only)
6.1.1 General
6.1.2 Environmental Aspects 4.3.1 Environmental Aspects
6.1.3 Compliance Obligations 6.1.4 Planning Action
6.2 Environmental Objectives & Planning to achieve them 4.3.3 Objectives, Targets, & Programme(s)
6.2.1 Environmental Objectives 4.3.3 Objectives, Targets, & Programme(s)
6.2.2 Planning to achieve Environmental Objectives 4.3.3 Objectives, Targets, & Programme(s)
7. Support 4.4 Implementation & Operation (title only)
7.1 Resources 4.4.1 Resources, Roles, Responsibility & Authority
7.2 Competence 4.4.2 Competence, Training, & Awareness
7.3 Awareness 4.4.2 Competence, Training, & Awareness
7.4 Communication (title only) 4.3 Communication
7.4.1 General 4.3 Communication
7.4.2 Internal Communication 4.3 Communication
7.4.3 External Communication 4.3 Communication
7.5 Documented Information (title only) 4.4.4 Documentation
7.5.1 General 4.4.4 Documentation
7.5.2 Creating & Updating 4.4.5 Control of Documents and 4.5.4 Control of Records
8. Operation N/A
8.1 Operation Planning & Control 4.4.6 Operational Control
8.2 Emergency Preparedness & Response 4.4.7 Emergency Preparedness & Response
Performance Evaluation 4.5 Checking (title only)
9.1 Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis & Evaluation 4.5.1 Monitoring & Measurement
9.1.1 General 4.5.1 Monitoring & Measurement
9.1.2 Evaluation of Compliance 4.5.2 Evaluation of Compliance
9.2 Internal Audit 4.5.5 Internal Audit
9.2.1 General 4.5.5 Internal Audit
9.3 Management review 4.6 Management review
10.1 General
10.2 Nonconformity & Corrective Action 4.5.3 Nonconformity, corrective action & preventative action
10.3 Continual Improvement

Ligna specialises in Environmental Management, Supply Chain, Due Diligence and Sustainable Forest Management. ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised Environmental Management Standard. If you would like to find out more about becoming certified, please get in touch. Call now.

Clean Up the World 2015

clean up the world poster

Clean Up the World 2015

This weekend is Clean Up the World 2015 so we thought we would post a blog all about it, and how you can get involved and make a difference.

What is Clean Up the World?

Clean Up the World is an annual weekend campaign, held on the third weekend of September, which engages an estimated 35 million volunteers across the globe. Clean Up the World is therefore one of the largest and most successful community based environmental campaigns in the world. This remarkable campaign brings global attention to environmental concerns and makes a positive contribution to making our planet cleaner and sustainable.

Over this weekend organisations, schools, community groups, and businesses unite in taking action to address and ultimately improve global environmental issues. Clean Up the World encourages activities in celebration of raising environmental awareness and making a positive impact by changing something to improve your own environmental impact.

These local community actions bring about global environmental change. Are you part of Clean Up the World?

Clean Up the World is held in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, Actim Steiner, the Executive Director of the UNEP, said this:
“Clean Up the World brings the focus squarely on us – as people, as agents of change. To all members of Clean Up the World, I have one simple message: Thank you. Your actions truly make a difference.”

How does it work?
You can be part of Clean Up the World in a variety of simple ways; you or your group/organisation, just simply joins as a member, and completes and logs an environmental activity, whatever that might be.

Activities may be something simple like recycling, or you can be adventurous and embark on a tree-planting exhibition. If you are an company or organisation, you can get ISO 14001 certification to show your commitment to environmental management. Or, if you are in the timber or forest industries you can get FSC Certification (Chain of Custody) to show your commitment to sustainable forest management and protecting our planets resources.

The Clean Up the World campaign may only be held over the 3rd weekend in September on an annual basis, but members are encouraged to maintain their environmental improvement activities throughout the year.

If you would like to find out more about ISO 14001, FSC Certification or other forestry and timber regulation, please follow the links below.
FSC Certification
ISO 14001 Certification
PEFC Certification
EURT (European Union Timber Regulation)
Sustainable Forest Management

Looking for Training?

At Ligna, we can provide our clients with tailored training for the management systems we develop and support. We have experience with many different organisations, including those in the corporate, public, charitable, academic, and private sectors.

As an addition, we are also able to provide stand-alone training on:

  • Timber certification
  • Chain of Custody
  • EU Timber Regulation
  • Auditing Skills
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Quality & Environmental Management Systems
  • Responsible Purchasing and Procurement
  • Sustainable Forest Management

If you are looking for training in any of the above or just want to find out more information on the training services we provide, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can complete an enquiry form or give us a call. We are more than happy to help.

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World Environment Day 2015

World Environment Day 2015

World Environment Day 2015

World Environment Day 2015

Celebrate positive environmental action today with . . . the world!

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ primary means of encouraging worldwide awareness and action solely for the environment. This year the WED theme is ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.’ Thus enforcing that the well-being of the human race, the environment, and the function of the economy, conclusively depend on the responsible management of our planet’s natural resources. However, what is alarming is that there is increasing evidence that is constantly multiplying, that shows how people are consuming significantly more natural resources than the planet can sustainably provide!
A number of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing their critical points, which mean depletion or irreversible change; all pushed by economic growth and extremely high population growths. It has been worked out that if present production and consumption patterns do not change for the better, and the population continues to rise, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption by 2050.
So consume with care. Live within planetary boundaries to ensure a healthy future. The human race must sustain their ways of living by doing more and better with less.

Remember, Every Action Counts

WED give us the opportunity to realise our own responsibility to care for our Earth.
“Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Through the many previous celebrations of WED, hundreds of thousands of people from countries far and wide and from all walks of life, have participated in organised and individual environmental action. WED 2014 received 6,437 pledges and over 3,000 activities were registered online.

You can register your activity by following the link below; share your activity with the entire world and be counted! Push to inspire others to join in the change.