ISO 14002-1 – Guidelines for applying the ISO 14001 framework to environmental aspects and environmental conditions by environmental topic areas

Introduction

In February 2017 SC1 agreed to develop ISO 14002 as a guidance standard for the management of specific environmental aspects, conditions and topic areas. Having started its work in Halifax (Nova Scotia), Canada in June 2017, the expert working group met again in Berlin in June 2018 and developed the first committee draft for review by national mirror committees. There will be a meeting at the end of October to discuss the comments received and prepare the next draft for DIS ballot in early 2019. The work on part 1 is expected to be completed in 2020.

Intent of the standard

An environmental management system supports organizations to manage the effects of their activities, products and services on the environment as well as the effects of changing environmental conditions on the organization. To address significant environmental aspects, relevant changing environmental conditions and related risks and opportunities, organizations need a detailed understanding of their characteristics, interrelations and be equipped with effective control mechanisms.

ISO 14002 will provide guidance for organizations seeking to systematically manage specific environmental aspects and respond to changing environmental conditions within a specific environmental topic areas that are relevant for the organization, the sector to which it belongs and/or from the perspective of public policy agendas. It will supplement general requirements and guidance in ISO 14001 and ISO 14004 and provide additional technical content to support the users of ISO 14001.

The aim is to improve the users’ understanding of the relationship between environmental aspects and environmental conditions and how they can be addressed within an environmental management system according to ISO 14001.

Timeline, process and other parts of ISO 14002

The work on ISO 14002 is delegated to ISO/TC 207/SC1/WG 11. The standard will be developed as a set of parts. Part 1 will contain the general approach of ISO 14002 and subsequent parts will address various environmental aspects and conditions within an environmental topic area.  Potential environmental topic areas are currently under consideration. At its 2018 plenary meeting ISO/TC 207/SC 1 agreed that water would be a good initial environmental topic area to be addressed by ISO 14002.

The development plan for ISO 14002 envisages that specific Task Groups within WG 11 will develop the subsequent parts of ISO 14002 in parallel, so that several parts can ideally be published at the same time.

The development will not follow all the elements of Annex SL Appendix 2 (High Level Structure) in terms of including all clauses, clause headings or high level text.

Scope of standard

This International Standard provides general guidance for applying the ISO 14001 framework to specific types of environmental topic areas. The guidance provided is intended for an organization seeking to manage specific environmental aspects, respond to changing environmental conditions and address specific topic areas in a systematic manner.

This International Standard supplements general requirements and guidance in ISO 14001 and ISO 14004 on managing environmental aspects by providing additional guidance on specific topic areas that are relevant for the organization, the sector to which it belongs and/or from the perspective of public policy agendas.

The standards is in parts with Part 1 providing general guidance and subsequent parts that provide detailed guidance based on Part 1 related to specific environmental topic areas.