ISO 14007 - Environmental management: Determining environmental costs and benefits - Guidance

Introduction

This work was agreed in July 2016 and the first meeting of the working group was in Korea in August 2016. The work is expected to be completed in 2019

The scope of the standard

This International Standard offers organizations guidance on determining, and communicating, the environmental costs and benefits associated with their environmental aspects, impacts and dependencies on natural resources and ecosystem services. This is based on decisions organizations make with regard to:

  • the boundaries of their environmental costs and benefits to be considered;
  • selecting the data to use.

The standard is designed to be used in a range of applications that inform environmental management.

This International Standard is applicable to any organization regardless of size, type and nature, and applies to the environmental aspects, impacts and dependencies of its activities, products and services that the organization determines are to be included among its environmental costs and benefits.

This International Standard cannot be used for conformity assessment.

Intent of the standard

Translating information on an organization’s aspects, impacts and dependencies into economic values can facilitate engagement with the organization’s finance function and in particular with the Chief Financial Officer. This type of information can enable the material environmental issues and their implications for the organization to be understood in commercial terms. This can prioritize action on environmental management by key decision makers, in particular at board level.

Overall, measuring both “non‐financial” and “financial” information will better inform an organization’s decision‐making on sustainability. This is consistent with the recent revisions to ISO 14001 where involvement of the senior leadership team is a key focus.

This International Standard offers organizations guidance on determining, and communicating, the environmental costs and benefits associated with their environmental aspects, impacts and dependencies on natural resources and ecosystem services. Information on aspects and impacts can come from ISO 14001 or from other sources. This standard will provide direction on decisions that organizations make with regard to the identifying and setting the boundaries of their environmental costs and benefits to be considered and also to selecting the type of data to use in order for them to effectively start the process of determining costs and benefits.

The standard is designed to be used in a range of applications that inform environmental Management and is applicable to any organization regardless of size, type and nature, and applies to the environmental aspects, impacts and dependencies of its activities, products and services that the organization determines are to be included among its environmental costs and benefits.

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Jean Stride
Jean Stride
Secretary WG8 - ISO 14007
British Standard Institution BSI