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ISO 14001:2015 and Life Cycle Assessment
ISO 14001:2015 and Life Cycle Assessment
ISO 14001:2015 and Life Cycle Assessment
ISO 14001:2015 and Life Cycle Assessment
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Old 21st July 2017, 07:55 PM
MRWardell

 
 
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Re: ISO 14001:2015 and Life Cycle Assessment

I can tell you as an assessor for a CB, that there is a lot of disagreement amongst assessors regarding what needs to be included and how comprehensive it needs to be. 6.1.2 on aspects says "considering a life cycle perspective". The Annex says '“consider” means it is necessary to think about the topic but it can be excluded'. Our guidance has been that an organization can chose not to include aspects/impacts that might be a part of the life cycle of the product that are outside the scope or boundaries of the management system. There is less clarity as to what to expect an organization to do in order to conform to 8.1 if they do design. The organization needs to use a life cycle perspective, but it is not clear what that might mean or what outputs an assessor should expect. I would be interested to hear from organizations that have gone through transition regarding what their CB felt constituted conformance to 6.1.2 and 8.1
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Old 5th August 2017, 03:01 AM
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Re: ISO 14001:2015 and Life Cycle Assessment

Very interesting discussion. My clients will be due for up-gradation to ISO 14001:2015 only early next year. In the meantime here are some of my thoughts on the subject.

Life cycle consideration needs to focus on
a) the extent of adverse environmental impact the organisations's products or service can have over the processes and products of their customers.
b) the extent to which the organisation can use environment-friendly inputs
c) the extent to which the organisation can influence their suppliers to use environment-friendly materials and processes.

The products made for OEMs of professional equipment may have minimal influence on operations at their customers' ends, or on their suppliers processes. The life cycle perspective in such cases is therefore limited, more or less to the organisations own processes. Under the circumstances the best a CB auditor can do is to go into greater depth on the subject when auditing manufacturers of consumer products.

While life cycle perspective is an important consideration, it is worth mentioning that major contribution to environmental degradation comes from consumer items-particularly the plastic packaging and e-waste (electronic junk). Millions of tons of plastic waste and discarded electronic devices can be seen in any society. But unfortunately the language of the standard does not make it mandatory to ensure such items utilize bio-degradable material, as far as possible, to protect the environment before their manufacturers can be considered for certification.
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Old 5th August 2017, 03:08 AM
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Re: ISO 14001:2015 and Life Cycle Assessment

Under the circumstances, the best a CB auditor can do is to go into depth to verify whether the auditee organisation- particularly the manufacturer - has given sufficient thought to environmental impact of the product during it use and also when it is discarded.
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