ISO 50001:2018 Transition


As reported in earlier posts (ISO 50001:2018 for Energy Management Systems publishedUKAS Technical Bulletin – Imminent Publication of ISO 50001: 2018 published), ISO 5001:2018 has been published (21 August 2018).

What are the implications on organisations holding existing ISO 50001:2011 accredited-certificates?

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) made a Resolution 2017-14 earlier in 2017 entitled “Transitional Arrangements for the revision of ISO 50001:2011, which stated:

“The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that the Transitional Arrangement for the Revision of ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Systems – Requirements with guidance for use, be three years from the date of publication (21 August 2018) of the revised standard.

All ISO 50001:2011 certifications shall expire or be withdrawn at the end of the transition period (21 August 2021).

Within this transition timeline:

  1. Accreditation Bodies (ABs) shall be ready to carry out transition assessments for ISO 50001:2018 within 6 months (21 February 2019) from the date of publication of the revised standard.
  2. Conformity Assessment Bodies – Certification Bodies (CABs) shall complete the transition with ABs for ISO 50001:2018 within 18 months (21 February 2020) from the date of publication of the revised standard.
  3. CABs shall cease conducting audits, including initial, surveillance and recertification to the ISO 50001:2011 18 months (21 February 2020) from the date of publication of the revised standard. The outcomes of such audits to the revision of ISO 50001:2011 shall be considered by the CAB for further decision on accredited certifications to ISO 50001:2011 as deemed appropriate”.

As with other transitions, such as ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 9001:2015, transition at the earliest stage is encouraged as there are benefits to your organisation to promote your early transition within your supply chain and to customers. Additionally, there can be availability problems for Certification Bodies and their Auditors to meet transition audits close to the transition deadline (21 August 2021).

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review your status for transition to ISO 50001:2018 with your certification body.
  2. Prepare your revised Energy Management System and documentation in-line with the transition between 21 February 2019 – or earlier & 21 August 2021).
  3. Make your transition and gain the benefits of energy performance.
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Beat Plastic Pollution: Three Months on


Beat Plastic PollutionThis article looks at my personal progress made over the past month since World Environment Day 2018 (5 June 2018), which had the theme of “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

Since my public postings of video and written articles, I have maintained my pledge to:

  1. Reduce the plastic content of my shopping
    Whilst some of our shopping is at the larger supermarkets with some plastic waste being generated.We have continued to shop at our local shops, particularly at the green grocer which offers wicker baskets to carry my shopping and paper bags to take the shopping home.You will note the plastic film around our lettuce from the same shop, so going plastic-less is far from perfect.
    Shopping with a Wicker Basket
  2. Reduce disposable water bottle waste
    I have brought a re-usable water bottle for my journeys away from the home. The good thing about this bottle is the centre column can be frozen to keep the drink cool during even the hottest of Summers.However, I have found it difficult to find refill stations. The majority exist in Central London at the mainline stations and airports but this can cause a problem getting a refill away from these locations.It has to be said that I have brought two non-reusable bottles of water over the past three months as no refill options were available. That said, I have ensured that the bottles are recycled & recognised that more refill options should be available.
    Reusable Water Bottle
  3. Reduce the use of disposable take-away cups
    During the past month, I have not used the take-away option at any Coffee Shop & instead have preferred to relax and enjoy my drink.The photograph, below, is an illustration of the options that you have available:China cup + Drink inside the coffee shop = Relaxation and a Sustainable option

    Disposable Cup + Drinking outside = Stress and an environmental impact

    Choose China Cups over Disposable Cups

After reading this article, please catch-up on my nine-part series of videos on my YouTube Channel, which can be accessed here covering my “love/hate” addiction to the use of plastic in my personal and business life together with suggestions on how you can go “Plastic-less”.

My nine video series covered the following topics:

Plastic-less Video 1: A Personal Confession & Exploration

Plastic-less Video 2: A Tale of Two Shopping Bags

Plastic-less Video 3: Waste Weighing and Audit

Plastic-less Video 4: A Hot Chocolate Moment

Plastic-less Video 5: The Office

Plastic-less Video 6: National Fish and Chip Day 2018

Plastic-less Video 7: A Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Plastic-less Video 8: A Night at a Hotel

Plastic-less Video 9: A Celebration

Don’t forget to comment on how your plastic-less pledge is going & leave any feedback on this article.

ACTION POINTS

  1. Take the time to watch each of the videos in my series on going Plastic-less
  2. Make notes on the issues raised and the suggestions at the end of each video on how to go Plastic-less
  3. Take the pledge to go Plastic-less and share your progress.
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Time to make your ISO 14001:2015 Transition


Wake-up for your ISO 14001:2015 TransitionIf over the weekend (15 and 16 September 2018, you slept uneasy, it may have been that you forgot that your ISO 14001:2004 certificate has expired unless you are one of the fortunate few to have passed the ISO 14001:2015 transition.

If you are the latter, “CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ISO 14001:2015 TRANSITION”

You, now, have the bragging rights together with over those organisations that have yet to make the transition & are already reaping the benefits of environmental performance and compliance using the new ISO 14001:2015 requirements.

If you are the former, “TIME TO MAKE THE COMMITTMENT TO TRANSITION”

The deadline (15 September 2018) sees the end of the well-publicised 3-year long-transition period to move to ISO 14001:2015 certification. The deadline was for the completion of all transition audits and remaining validity of ISO 14001:2004 certificates.

This means that any organisation that have not had a transition audit will, now, be without any form of ISO 14001 certification.

Any organisation, who has had a transition audit with nonconformities remaining open have until the “hard deadline” of 15 March 2019 to complete their transition to ISO 14001;2015.

If you need a guide to assist your transition, please contact me.

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review your status for transition to ISO 14001:2015 with your certification body.
  2. If you have had a transition audit then any nonconformities will need to be closed by 15 March 2019.
    If you have not had a transition audit, you may have to undergo a Stage 1 and Stage 2 Audit to the ISO 14001:2015 requirements.
  3. Make your transition and gain the benefits of environmental performance and compliance.
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The Sands of Time run out of ISO 14001:2015 Transition



The Sands of Time run out of ISO 14001:2015 TransitionToday (15 September 2018) sees the end of the well-publicised 3-year long-transition period to move to ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 9001:2015 certification.

It is not a “hard deadline” after all as it has long been recognised from earlier articles (see How is the ISO 14001:2015 Transition going? & Has ISO 14001:2015 stalled?) that the take-up of the revised ISO 14001:2015 (and ISO 9001:2015) has not been successful.

As evidenced in the recent ISO Survey and illustrated in the chart below, there is a shortfall of 160,803 ISO 14001:2004 certificates belonging to organisations, which have not made the transition to ISO 14001:2015 as at 31 December 2017.

Chart: Progress towards ISO 14001:2015 Transition

That is means that, only, just over half of organisations (55.65%) have made the transition based on the number of certificates.

Any other organisations that previously held ISO 14001:2004 certification through an IAF MLA accredited certification body, that have not completed a transition audit will have their certification expiry at the end of today.

So today’s soft deadline of 15 September 2018 (for the completion of all transition audits and remaining validity of ISO 14001:2004 certificates) means that any organisation that have had a transition audit with nonconformities remaining open have until the “hard deadline” of 15 March 2019 to complete their transition to ISO 14001;2015.

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review your status for transition to ISO 14001:2015 with your certification body.
  2. If you have had a transition audit then any nonconformities will need to be closed by 15 March 2019.
    If you have not had a transition audit, you may have to undergo a Stage 1 and Stage 2 Audit to the ISO 14001:2015 requirements.
  3. Make your transition and gain the benefits of environmental performance and compliance.
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Only one Working Day before the ISO 14001:2015 transition deadline


Only one Working Day before the end of the ISO 14001:2015 Transition DeadlineToday (14 September 2018) sees the final working day before the end of the well-publicised 3-year long-transition period to move to ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Tomorrow’s deadline is not a “hard deadline”. After all as it has long been recognised from earlier articles (see How is the ISO 14001:2015 Transition going? & Has ISO 14001:2015 stalled?) that the take-up of the revised ISO 14001:2015 (and ISO 9001:2015) has not been successful.

As evidenced in the recent ISO Survey and illustrated in the chart below, there is a shortfall of 160,803 ISO 14001:2004 certificates belonging to organisations, which have not made the transition to ISO 14001:2015 as at 31 December 2017.

Chart: Progress towards ISO 14001:2015 Transition

That is means that, only, just over half of organisations (55.65%) have made the transition based on the number of certificates.

Any other organisations that previously held ISO 14001:2004 certification through an IAF MLA accredited certification body, that have not completed a transition audit will have their certification expiry at the end of tomorrow.

So tomorrow’s soft deadline of 15 September 2018 (for the completion of all transition audits and remaining validity of ISO 14001:2004 certificates) means that any organisation that have had a transition audit with nonconformities remaining open have until the “hard deadline” of 15 March 2019 to complete their transition to ISO 14001;2015.

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review your status for transition to ISO 14001:2015 with your certification body.
  2. If you have had a transition audit then any nonconformities will need to be closed by 15 March 2019.
    If you have not had a transition audit, you may have to undergo a Stage 1 and Stage 2 Audit to the ISO 14001:2015 requirements.
  3. Make your transition and gain the benefits of environmental performance and compliance.
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How to develop Water Efficiency KPIs


Within the development of an Environmental Management System (EMS) based on ISO 14001:2015, it is important to develop Environmental Objectives under Clause 6.2 (Environmental objectives and planning to achieve them) and other linked requirements.

One, often, neglected type of Environment Objective is water usage and consumption.

Whilst water consumption is becoming increasingly more important due to the climate change effects on the water cycle, few organisations are looking to monitor and manage this natural resource.

Whilst there are powerful tools that can be used to measure water use, such as Water Footprinting similar to Carbon Footprinting for Greenhouse Gases, these can be daunting and complicated for an initial review of water consumption.

An initial review of water consumption should use readily available data and tools, such as water meters or water consumption surveys, to develop an understanding of the organisation’s water consumption and personal behaviours about its use. As water use, is again, akin to carbon / energy use, where many of the initial usage and cost reductions can be harnessed through understanding and addressing behaviour.

Use of the consumption data over time or against comparison with similar buildings can lead to a greater understanding of the opportunities for water and cost reductions

Typical Metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which can be used related to water use within a building, are illustrated below:

Metrics

  • Volume of potable water consumed as m3 per year
  • Occupancy – number of full-time equivalent occupants (commercial spaces), number of visitors (retail leisure or public spaces), number of residents (housing)
  • Net Lettable Area (NLA) (m2)

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • Potable water use as m3 per occupant per year, m3 per m2 NLA per year, or litres per person per day
  • Reduction in water use as % change in use relative to the previous year
ACTION POINTS

  1. Review your Environmental Objectives within your EMS for inclusion of an Objective on water consumption and use.
  2. Consider how you can monitor water consumption and use within your organisation.
  3. Develop and implement Metrics or KPIs based on the suggestions within this article or other metrics that will drive environmental performance within your organisation.
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UPDATE: Waste Carrier, Broker and Dealer Registration renewals due after 25 March 2018


PRS 208 - Registration Extension - Sept 2018As reported in my earlier posts (Waste Carrier, Broker and Dealer registration renewals due after 25 March 2018, UPDATE: Waste Carrier, Broker and Dealer registration renewals due after 25 March 2018 & RPS 208: Waste Carrier, Broker and Dealer Registration renewals due after 25 March 2018), the Environment Agency’s current online registration system for Waste Carriers, Brokers and Dealers does not allow customers who are required to register since March 2015 to renew online.

The Environment Agency is upgrading this system, so customers can renew online, but it may not be ready until September 2018.

Accordingly, the expiry of the Agency’s Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) 208 has been extended until the end of September 2018.

If you need to renew your registration after 25 March 2018 and before September 2018, the Environment Agency will:

  • Tell you what you need to do if the extension applies to you when they send you your renewals reminder
  • Extend your current registration at no extra cost – you will not need to renew until the upgraded online registration system is ready
  • Extend the registrations of affected customers in stages until the upgraded online registration system is ready
  • Put a notice on the renewals page of the online registration system telling those affected about the automatic extension
  • Make sure your business is still registered and visible on the public register during the extension period.

Enforcement
The Environment Agency will not take enforcement action against you if you do not register during the extension period you have been given.

They will take enforcement action against you if you do not register after your extension period.

A copy of the Waste carrier, broker and dealer registration renewals due after 25 March 2018: RPS 208 can be viewed here

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review your current activities as a business that is required to re-registered as a Waste Carrier, Broker or Dealer to understand whether the Environment Agency’s RPS 208 applies to your organisation and activities as a compliance obligation.
  2. If RPS 208 applies to your activities to ensure that you comply with its conditions during the interim period: 25 March – September 2018.
  3. Check back with the Environment Agency in October 2018 to review whether RPS 208 still applies as this is their review date for this RPS.
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