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 had its 6th meeting in Berlin in June 2019 and reviewed the comments received on the draft international standard (DIS) on part 1 of ISO 14002 series. The work on part 1 is expected to be completed in early 2020. In parallel the working group prepared a draft new work item proposal (NWIP) for a second part of ISO 14002 on the environmental topic area water, which will be submitted to ISO shortly.
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 specific 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. Part 1 will be published in early 2020. Potential environmental topic areas are currently under consideration. At its 2019 plenary meeting ISO/TC 207/SC 1 agreed that water should be an environmental topic area to be addressed by the second part of ISO 14002.
The development will not follow all the elements of Annex L Appendix 2 (High Level Structure) in terms of including all clauses, clause headings or high level text.
Scope of standard
This document gives general guidelines for organizations seeking to systematically manage environmental aspects or respond to the effects of changing environmental conditions within one or more environmental topic area(s), based on ISO 14001.
This document also constitutes a framework for common elements of subsequent parts of the ISO 14002 series.