How can you use life cycle thinking when applying ISO 14001: 2015 to your organization’s environmental management system?
At first glance, an EMS Manager or an auditor might think that a life cycle assessment is the obvious answer here. The standard does not require this, although this may be a good option for some. It does, however, require organizations to use a life cycle perspective when controlling or influencing the way products or services are handled at each stage of their life cycle.
What is a life cycle perspective? Emphasizing that a life cycle assessment is not a requirement, the standard states that, “thinking carefully about the life cycle stages that can be controlled or influenced by the organization is sufficient”. It is up to the organization’s management to decide how to do this.
What is so important about life cycle thinking?
While ISO 14001:2004 implied the value of life cycle thinking, the new version makes life cycle thinking an explicit requirement. Life cycle thinking can help an organization reduce their environmental burden and associated costs. Equally important is to ensure that the burden is not shifted to other stages of the product’s or service’s life cycle, especially to those upstream or downstream. Unintended consequences may lead to risks that you did not imagine.
The purpose of this webinar is to provide you with practical tools to:
- understand the intent of the requirement
- avoid misinterpretation of the requirement
- consider a life cycle perspective,
- help you adopt life cycle thinking when applying the requirements to the environmental aspects of your products or services that you can control or influence
The webinar will address some of the risks that can undermine the organization’s ability to meet its intended outcomes as well as opportunities related to better management of this element of the standard.
The webinar will cover some of the free tools available in the marketplace that enable practical life cycle thinking.
Who should attend this webinar? Anyone responsible for the implementation of an EMS based on ISO 14001:2015, consultants, association managers, policy makers, and interested parties who have a stake in the adoption of robust, credible and reliable environmental management systems.
Join us on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at 11 am EDT when we share the tools that will help you to consider a life cycle perspective.
Participants will receive a small guidebook of the tools presented and a link to various life cycle thinking tools, ranging from the simplest to more sophisticated approaches. There is limited seating, so don’t delay.
These quarterly webinars are part of a multi-year series developed for what is now known as the Collaboration for ISO 14001. The purpose of the Collaboration is to provide a common understanding of a robust, credible and reliable environmental management system that meets the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 while supporting an organization’s unique EMS design. The Collaboration does not offer consulting support; it offers collaborative learning. The team supporting the Collaboration is composed of EMS experts who were directly involved with writing and negotiating ISO 14001:2015 and the companion guidance document, ISO 14004:2016.
Read more about the value members are deriving from the Collaboration.
Those wishing to join the Collaboration; or wanting more information on the Collaboration should email Lynn Johannson at firstname.lastname@example.org.