ISO 14001:2015 Changes – Clause 6

6. Planning

6.1 Actions to Address Risks and Opportunities
6.1.1 Changes – General

  • 6.1.1 is a new clause on risks and opportunities
  • Adds to consider internal and external issues from 4.1
  • Adds to consider requirements of interested parties from 4.2
  • Adds to document risks and opportunities
  • Must document processes for 6.1 to extent needed for confidence carried out as planned
  • Auditors don’t determine risks or opportunities;
    they assess application of risk methodology
ISO 14001:2004 in 4.1 – 4.6 does not mention “risk”.
ISO 14001:2015 in 4 – 10 mentions “risk” 8 times.

6.1.2 Changes – Environmental Aspects
  • Replaces 4.3.1 on Environmental Aspects
  • Adds reference to “life cycle perspective”
  • Adds consideration of “abnormal conditions” and “reasonably foreseeable emergency situations”
  • Adds use of “established criteria” to determine aspects
  • Adds specific items to document:
– environmental aspects and impacts
– criteria used to determine aspects

– significant environmental aspects

  • Adds NOTE on adverse impacts (threats) and beneficial impacts (opportunities)
6.1.3 Changes – Compliance Obligations.
  • Replaces 4.3.2 on Legal and other Requirements
  • Adds to document compliance obligations
6.1.4 Changes – Planning Action.
  • 6.1.4 on Planning Action is a new clause
  • Plan actions to address risks and opportunities
  • Adds to integrate and implement actions into EMS and business processes.
  • Includes technological options; financial, operational, business requirements of old 4.3.3
6.2 Changes – Environmental Objectives and Planning to Achieve Them
  • Replaces 4.3.3 – Objectives, Targets, Programs
  • Use of “target” dropped; captured in “objective”
  • Adds to consider risks and opportunities
  • Uses the new term “compliance obligations”
  • Adds more focus on specific planning steps to achieve environmental objectives
    (what resources will be required and how results will be evaluated)
  • Adds indicators for monitoring progress
  • Adds integration of actions into business processes