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Initial Environmental Review and Gap Analysis, difference?

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Hi all,

I'm setting up an Initial Environmental Review for a company, but from my understanding that's the same as an Gap Analysis right?

I've got a copy of the ISO 14004:2004 with some tips for the initial environmental review.
 
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Hi all,

I'm setting up an Initial Environmental Review for a company, but from my understanding that's the same as an Gap Analysis right?

I've got a copy of the ISO 14004:2004 with some tips for the initial environmental review.
Welcome to the Cove.

1. What is your concern?

2. My personal observation is that the term Gap Analysis is often used by practitioners in the standards and business fields whereas Initial Environmental Review is more used by Academicians and those in the regulatory fields.

3. In general, I agree that both terms mean the same although there can be subtle differences if we want to split hairs.
 
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Welcome to the Cove.

1. What is your concern?

2. My personal observation is that the term Gap Analysis is often used by practitioners in the standards and business fields whereas Initial Environmental Review is more used by Academicians and those in the regulatory fields.

3. In general, I agree that both terms mean the same although there can be subtle differences if we want to split hairs.
I'm wondering if i'm doing it right. I'm using a strengt weaknes observation now for every chapter of the ISO 14001 standard. Besides that i've setup an legal and other requirements register and environmental aspects list.

I'm relativly new to the ISO, but thanks to the cove and others i'm learning everyday
 
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I write this from memory.

In the early days of environmental management system, we used to refer to BS 7750 and EMAS. Both required a review of the environmental situation of the organization, including past accidents, incidents, licences obtained, disputes with stakeholders etc., before starting to work on the EMS. Essentially the environmental review is to know (and capture all relevant information available not only in documents but also anecdotal) the condition, and potential liabilities and issues, before embarking on setting the EMS.

A gap analysis is done against a reference standard (e.g. ISO-14001) and gaps between what has been achieved and what is required under each operating section is captured in a gap analysis.
 
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kgott

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Hi all,

I'm setting up an Initial Environmental Review for a company, but from my understanding that's the same as an Gap Analysis right?

I've got a copy of the ISO 14004:2004 with some tips for the initial environmental review.
There is a bit of difference, in that a gap analysis compares what currently is against what is required by the standard.

An environmental review is about leaving aside 14001 and reviewing 'where things are at with managing the environment. This is where we are, this is what we are currently doing, these are our next steps, this is what we need to do achieve the environmental objectives (and comply with the requirements of 14001 at the same time.)
 
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Thansk for the feedback guys :)

There is a bit of difference, in that a gap analysis compares what currently is against what is required by the standard.

An environmental review is about leaving aside 14001 and reviewing 'where things are at with managing the environment. This is where we are, this is what we are currently doing, these are our next steps, this is what we need to do achieve the environmental objectives (and comply with the requirements of 14001 at the same time.)
Looks like i'm doing more a GAP analysis. But thanks i guess i'm on the right track.
 
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When I perform an Initial Environmental Review (IER), I am typically looking to determine the organization's aspects. I am not looking at compliance with any standard, or regulation. Just listing what all of the aspects are. If I recall correctly, we used Marilyn Block's book as a reference when we first started (but that was probably close to 15 years ago).

A gap analysis is looking at a standard and determining where you stand, and if there are any gaps in what you have versus what you should have.

Two totally different things.
 
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When I perform an Initial Environmental Review (IER), I am typically looking to determine the organization's aspects. I am not looking at compliance with any standard, or regulation. Just listing what all of the aspects are. If I recall correctly, we used Marilyn Block's book as a reference when we first started (but that was probably close to 15 years ago).

A gap analysis is looking at a standard and determining where you stand, and if there are any gaps in what you have versus what you should have.

Two totally different things.
Ok thanks for the info about the Book, might be usefull. May i ask how long your aspect list was? If that was all you did for the IER it might be really short.
 
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Actually, it started out quite long. We broke the location down to areas and had a separate IER for each area (including building exterior). Over all, we had well over 300 individual items (many were duplicates). We then narrowed them down to about 75. From that, we developed our significant aspect list.

We also kept records to show each step. This was done to show the auditor our due diligence, and so we could always have something to look back at to figure out the whats and whys of our EMS.
 
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