The Environmental Management Standard (EMS) ISO 14001: 2015, one of the world’s most popular standards for environmental management, has been revised to make it more effective.
The revision is to respond to the need to factor in both external and internal elements that influence their impact, including climate volatility.
A statement issued in Accra and signed by Kofi Amponsah-Bediako, head of Ghana Standard Authority’s Public Relations, identified the key improvements in the new standards as including greater protection for the environment with focus on proactive initiatives, more effective communication driven through a communications strategy and greater commitment from leadership.
It said the newly revised standards would also increase alignment with strategic direction and improve life-cycle thinking considering each stage of a product or service, from development to end of life.
“With more than 300,000 certificates issued globally every year, the newly revised ISO 14001 reflects many changes in technology and what stakeholders expect of organisations. It is also meant to help realise efficiencies and improve performance of organisations that apply it to their operations” it said.
The statement said the revision was a combination of work done by 121 expert members of technical committee ISO/TC 207/SC 1 for environmental development which was led by British Standards Institution (BSI), the ISO member for the United kingdom, representing multiple stakeholder groups from 88 countries.
By Times Reporter