Sustainability and Environmental Management

Sustainability and environmental management standards provide the foundation for the development of specific standards and related products under the sub-categories of greenhouse gas management, energy management and resource efficiency, renewable/alternative energy sources, social responsibility, etc. Key examples of current standardization activities in the area of sustainability and environmental management include:

Published standards:

BS EN ISO 14001:2004
Environmental management systems. Requirements with guidance for use

BS ISO 14004:2004
Environmental management systems. General guidelines on principles, systems and supporting techniques

BS EN ISO 14040:2006
Environmental management. Life cycle assessment. Principles and framework

BS EN ISO 14044:2006
Environmental management. Life cycle assessment. Requirements and guidelines

BS ISO 14050:2009
Environmental management. Vocabulary

BS ISO 26000:2010
Guidance for social responsibility

BS 8555:2003
Environmental management systems. Guide to the phased implementation of an environmental management system including the use of environmental performance evaluation

BS 8900:2006
Guidance for managing sustainable development

BS 8901:2009
Specification for a sustainability management system for events

BS 8902:2009
Responsible sourcing sector certification schemes for construction products. Specification

Sustainable design:

BS 8887-1:2006
Design for manufacture, assembly, disassembly and end-of-life processing (MADE). General concepts, process and requirements

BS 8887-2:2009
Design for manufacture, assembly, disassembly and end- of-life processing (MADE). Terms and definitions

Forthcoming standards:

BS 8903 Principles and framework for procuring sustainably (due 2010)
There is currently little or no guidance available in this area, in particular on social and longer-term economic impacts. Companies are now under increasing pressure from shareholders to report on their commitment to social responsibility and how they are encouraging socially responsibe pratices throughout the supply chain. Good procurement is sustainable procurement.

BS 8903 provides guidance to any size and type of organization on adopting and embedding sustainable procurement principles and practices. The standard has been developed with support from a wide variety of sectors including central government departments, the private sector and NGOs. It covers all stages of the procurement process and is applicable across industry, public, private and third sector organizations.

BS EN ISO 14005 Phased Implementation of EMS (due 2010)
Many organizations have benefited from having a formal environmental management system (EMS). However, it is recognized that it is more difficult for other organizations, especially small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to implement an EMS. Taking time and money away from recognized business needs is a major step for any organization. This standard therefore provides a phased approach to building an EMS that can grow, if necessary to meet the requirements of the international standard for environmental management systems, ISO 14001.

BS EN ISO 14006 Eco-design (due 2011)
The increasing international concern over climate change and damage to the environment is driving organizations to become increasingly more aware of their impact on the environment. BS EN ISO 14006 will give guidelines to assist organizations in establishing, documenting, implementing, maintaining and continually improving their management of eco-design as part of a management system. It is applicable to all types and sizes of organizations in all sectors.

BS EN ISO 14045 Eco-efficiency assessment - Principles and requirements (due 2011)
BS EN ISO 14045 will define eco-efficiency as a concept relating the environmental performance of a product system to its functional value. It will provide practical guidance and support open, comprehensive and understandable presentation of eco-efficiency measures for products. Quantified eco-efficiency for products is understood as a measure or measures that relate environmental performance to functional value created.

BS EN ISO 14051 Material Flow Cost Accounting (due 2011)
BS EN ISO 14051 will offer a common platform for material flow cost accounting (MFCA) by providing a general framework. MFCA is a management tool for improving material productivity in order to reduce the relative consumption of materials, energy and water. MFCA is one of the major tools of environmental management accounting (EMA) and is designed for internal use within an organization. This standard will provide guidance to organizations with regard to a general framework relating to material flow cost accounting (MFCA) and will include the objectives and definitions of the relevant terminologies. The methodology of MFCA is applicable to all organizations, regardless of their scales, types, locations, structures, activities, products and services.

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