ISO 14002-1 – Guidelines for applying the ISO 14001 framework to environmental aspects and environmental conditions by environmental topic areas
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 meets again in Berlin in June 2018. The work 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 and 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, respond to changing environmental conditions and address 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 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 topic areas, conditions and aspects. Potential environmental topic areas, conditions and aspects to be initially covered by ISO 14002 are currently under consideration. 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 a minimum of two but ideally three or four parts can 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