The management system is usually comprised of the assessment of the environmental aspects that have to be considered, the agreement of the resulting goals and the following specific objectives, and the creation of an environment management manual together with the environmentally relevant process instructions and process descriptions in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14001.
A transition to the new DIN EN ISO 14001:2015 particularly includes the following services:
- Support with the analysis of the organization’s context:
The organization must determine external and internal issues that significantly affect the achievement of the objective of the environmental management system. This specifically includes environmental statuses that can affect the operational activity of the company, including its goods and services.
It is for this reason that the company must determine the interested parties that are relevant to its environmental management system and determine the relevant requirements and expectations of said interested parties.
- Measures for dealing with risks and opportunities:
The determination of the risks and opportunities are connected to significant environmental aspects and binding obligations. These ensure that the organization is capable of achieving the intended results of its management system, prevent or reduce undesirable effects, and continuously improve.
ECA Concept develops suitable methods with the organization and introduces a risk management process which determines the risks and opportunities.
Furthermore, this service takes into account the determination of significant environmental aspects while applying set criteria over the whole cycle: from the raw material extraction, to the development and production, to the transport and usage, and finally the disposal.
Important environmental aspects can in turn result in risks and opportunities.
- Development of environmental objectives and planning of measures for their achievement:
Environmental objectives have to particularly be in line with environmental policy, be measurable, and be able to be monitored.
To fulfil these requirements, meaningful key figures are developed with the organization.
When setting environmental objectives and key figures, one has to consider that there could be situations where it is not possible to measure an environmental objective. It is however important that in this case the organization is able to detect whether an environmental objective has been achieved or not. ECA Concept develops such detection methods with the organization.