Brexit Briefing: Weekly Media Summary – 22 September 2017


Brexit Briefing - Weekly Summary

Brexit Briefing – Weekly Summary

This Friday’s edition of the Brexit Briefing is part of the series of posts to highlight articles published in the media covering Brexit from an environmental perspective.

The articles are presented in chronological order with the most recent articles first. They are not presented in any specific order of importance & are provided as a selected sample of news articles to promote understanding of the key environmental issues as they develop during the Brexit process.

The selected articles this week are:

Brexit: UK won’t leave the EU and will one day join the Euro, says Lord Heseltine (The Independent, 22 September 2017)

10 more Green Brexit questions that need answering (BusinessGreen, 21 September 2017)

Devolution: What is the impact on Wales’ environment? (BBC News, 21 September 2017)

Scottish and Welsh governments publish Brexit bill amendments (The Scotsman, 20 September 2017)

Brexit splits: what divides May, Johnson, Davis and Hammond on the big issues (The Guardian, 20 September 2017)

NFU Scotland maps out its top post-Brexit priorities (The Scotsman, 20 September 2017)

Vince Cable calls for ‘political adults’ to work together against hard Brexit (The Guardian, 18 September 2017)

Fleeced: Scottish farmers to lose £2 billion in EU funding after Brexit (TheNational, 18 September 2017)

Boris Johnson left isolated as row grows over £350m post-Brexit claim (The Guardian, 17 September 2017)

Will Brexit hurt our farmers? (MoneyWeek, 17 September 2017)

An EU light bulb moment (FarmingLife, 16 September 2017)

Globalisation versus Populism, and the Future for Environmental Regulation (Who’sWhoLegal, 16 September 2017)

Gove meets Scottish industry leaders amid mounting tension (FarmingUK, 16 September 2017)

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CONSULTATION: ISO DIS 50001


CONSULTATION: ISO DIS 50001 on Energy management systems -Requirements with guidance for use

CONSULTATION: ISO DIS 50001 on Energy management systems -Requirements with guidance for use

The revision of ISO 50001 is well underway with the current DIS (Draft International Standard) available for public comment during a consultation phase. The DIS is available for public comments from 23 August 2017 to 4 October 2017.

ISO 50001 is an important International Standard as it provides the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system, and its aim is to enable an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance.

The International Standard is applicable to any organization regardless of its type, size, complexity, geographical location, culture, or the products and services & is applicable to activities affecting energy performance that are managed and controlled by the organization.

It is independent of the types of energy and quantity of energy consumed and does not, itself, define specific levels of required energy performance improvement, but requires demonstration of continual improvement by determination of energy performance.

This revision will align ISO 50001 with other Management System Standards (MSS), such as ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015, which are based on Annex SL & can be used independently, or be aligned or integrated with other management systems.

In addition, the revised International Standard provides two Annexes; Annex A covers informative guidance on the International Standard & Annex B, which provides a comparison of the revised edition to the current edition, ISO 50001:2011.

It should be noted that the conduct of third-party auditing through certification / registrar bodies is managed through the accreditation process to ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 & ISO 50003:2014, which specifies requirements for competence, consistency and impartiality in the auditing and certification of energy management systems (EnMS) for bodies providing these services.

In addition, ISO 50003:2014 covers the effectiveness of EnMS auditing, the auditing process, competence requirements for personnel involved in the certification process for energy management systems, the duration of audits and multi-site sampling. ISO 50003:2014 is intended to be used in conjunction with ISO/IEC 17021:2011. The requirements of ISO/IEC 17021:2011 also apply to ISO 50003:2014.

A copy of ISO DIS 50001 is available from ISO and BSi as an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file or hardcopy.

I, strongly, advise commenting on the DIS version of the revised ISO 50001 as this may be the last opportunity to influence the drafting of the International Standard before its final publication later in 2017 / early 2018 by either purchasing a copy or by visiting the BSI Standards Development portal, where it is possible to view the text and to make comments directly to BSI “free of change”.

Free access to ISO DIS 50001 is available at the BSI Standards Development portal

Free access to ISO DIS 50001 is available at the BSI Standards Development portal

If you plan to use the BSI Draft Review portal, you should head search for “ISO DIS 19011” and register here for free access.

Whichever method you use, please take time to review the ISO DIS 50001 as this International Standard will have significant influence over the auditing of Management Systems for at least the next five years.

The deadline for comment on ISO DIS 50001 to BSI is 4 October 2017.

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Brexit Briefing: Weekly Media Summary – 15 September 2017


Brexit Briefing - Weekly Summary

Brexit Briefing – Weekly Summary

This Friday’s edition of the Brexit Briefing is part of the series of posts to highlight articles published in the media covering Brexit from an environmental perspective.

The articles are presented in chronological order with the most recent articles first. They are not presented in any specific order of importance & are provided as a selected sample of news articles to promote understanding of the key environmental issues as they develop during the Brexit process.

The selected articles this week are:

Brexit Could Stymie Europe’s Carbon Dioxide Reduction Efforts (Forbes, 13 September 2017)

Brexit: Ex-minister Lord Bridges urges ‘honesty’ over EU exit (BBC News, 13 September 2017)

Scottish and Welsh governments will publish UK Brexit bill amendments (Holyrood, 13 September 2017)

Brexit bill ‘plays Russian roulette’ with environmental law (Chemical Watch, 13 September 2017)

The two tightropes of Brexit (Financial Times, 13 September 2017)

Brexit: EU repeal bill wins first Commons vote (BBC News, 12 September 2017)

Next round of Brexit negotiations postponed to September 25 (AbramOnline, 12 September 2017)

Conservative Environment Network report ‘fails to drill down into fracking and climate policy’ (TheEcologist, 11 September 2017)

Britain flouting duty to protect citizens from toxic air pollution – UN (The Guardian, 10 September 2017)

Tories tell May: spell out devolved post-Brexit law (The Scotsman, 9 September 2017)

Q&A with Fergus Ewing (Holyrood, 8 September 2017)

Report: Ministers are misleading the public over Brexit bill, jeopardising UK environment (Client Earth, 7 September 2017)

Experts warn EU Withdrawal Bill threatens Green Brexit (Environment Journal, 7 September 2017)

UK government’s Brexit bill under attack on all fronts (The Scotsman, 7 September 2017)

Environmental groups put pressure on Brexit Bill (LetsRecycle.com, 7 September 2017)

‘No surprise’ if agri-environmental laws weakened after Brexit (FoodServiceFootprint.com, 6 September 2017)

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Make your move to ISO 14001:2015 this Year…


Make your move to ISO 14001:2015 this year

Make your move to ISO 14001:2015 this year

Friday, 15 September 2017 will the mark the start of a final year-long process, which began on 15 September 2015 – The three-year transition period for users of ISO 14001:2004 & that will end on Friday, 14 September 2018.

And so will begin all kinds of promotion, awareness-raising and scare tactics by consultants and certification bodies to highlight the plight of any organisation still certified to the earlier version: ISO 14001:2004 or, indeed, the European Union’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) which is based on ISO 14001.

Don’t be scared or goaded into a rash decision to change your Environmental Management System (EMS), hire a consultant or to change your certification body based on anything that you hear on social media, mail-shots or direct calls.

Equally,

Don't Delay... Move to ISO 14001:2015

Don’t Delay… Move to ISO 14001:2015
BEWARE YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!

It is possible to make a successful move (or transition) to ISO 14001:2015 as many thousands of organisations across the world have already demonstrated.

Your transition should be no different – Just remember that the following three simple steps will provide the right focus to a successful move to ISO 14001:2015…

 

Helpful Resources are out there
There are more than enough resources out there ranging from books, magazine articles, social media posts, and support relationships that you have with your existing certification body or external consultant.

After two years of the three-year transition period, there is a significant body of experience in the use of ISO 14001:2015 that can be used to guide your organisation to a successful ISO 14001:2015 certification.

1. Seek out useful ISO 14001:2015 resources and how they can apply to your organisation.

 

You are in control
What is important is that you are in control of your final year of ISO 14001:2004 certification and how you can transition to the new version – ISO 14001:2015.

You will have been successfully certified to ISO 14001:2004 in the past because you are the best person to understand your organisation and its environmental issue. Now, you should be able to meet the new requirements of ISO 14001:2015 by keeping a clear head.

Just take a deep breath, review your current Environmental Management System (EMS) against the new requirements, see where the gaps are, make a plan including resources and responsible personnel and then make the changes & check against your plan to make sure everything is in-place.

2. Start with a plan and the resources to make the changes to your EMS.

 

Understand external timescales
If you are just waking up to the final transitional year and have done nothing then it is important to understand the external constraints.

It is important to have a dialogue with your current certification body, they may have final deadlines ahead of 14 September 2018. This is because, after your audit, there are reviews and independent certification decisions that must take place before the issue of your new ISO 14001:2015 certificate.

Similarly, if you use an external consultant understand their constraints as they may have a number of clients, who need support to meet the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 over the coming year.

You may need to lock-in the consultancy or certification body audits in advance to secure a timetable that will work with your plan.

3. Be mindful, of the constraints of your certification body and external consultant & plan for a successful transition audit.

 

With a clear focus on the three points above, there is no reason why your move to ISO 14001:2015 should not be smooth and successful this year.

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Brexit Briefing: Weekly Media Summary – 8 September 2017


Brexit Briefing - Weekly Summary

Brexit Briefing – Weekly Summary

This Friday’s edition of the Brexit Briefing is part of the series of posts to highlight articles published in the media covering Brexit from an environmental perspective.

The articles are presented in chronological order with the most recent articles first. They are not presented in any specific order of importance & are provided as a selected sample of news articles to promote understanding of the key environmental issues as they develop during the Brexit process.

The selected articles this week are:

Battle of Brexit Repeal Bill begins; Labour objects since it “grabs power from Parliament” (MercoPress, 7 September 2017)

Brexit: Davis and Starmer clash over key legislation (BBC News, 7 September 2017)

Brexit bill ‘gravely threatens’ UK climate change protections, top environmentalists warn (The Independent, 7 September 2017)

No 10 seeks Brexit backing from business (BBC News, 7 September 2017)

Brexit: MPs to begin scrutiny of vital withdrawal bill (BBC News, 7 September 2017)

Northern Ireland ‘to have different Brexit deal’ – EU (BBC News, 7 September 2017)

“Leaving the EU enables us to take our full role of international bodies” (YouTube, 7 September 2017)

Theresa May humiliated as bid for big business to back her Brexit plan backfires spectacularly (Mirror, 6 September 2017)

Brexit money row will go on until end of talks, Davis says (The Scotsman, 5 September 2017)

Brexit provides opportunity for significant change in countryside (Cumberland & Westmoreland Herald, 5 September 2017)

Home Office document exposes heart of Theresa May’s Brexit (The Guardian, 5 September 2017)

Report on Henry VIII powers and environmental law (UKELA, 5 September 2017)

Brexit: ‘Significant differences’ over exit bill says Davis (BBC News, 5 September 2017)

Scottish hill farmers’ “lifeline” funding safe for another year (NewFoodMagazine, 4 September 2017)

Rotten Brexit: Sainsbury’s chief warns of food spoiling in border queues (TheNational, 4 September 2017)

UK Minister: EU Commission Criticism of Brexit Talks Was ‘Silly’ (USANews, 3 September 2017)

Barnier Threatens to “Teach The British People What It Means To Leave The EU” (EU Today, 3 September 2017)

‘Brexit’ Threatens Subsidies for U.K.’s Landed Gentry, and Queen (New York Times, 3 September 2017)

Fears over farm policy disagreements between Westminster and devolved regions post-Brexit (FarmingUK, 2 September 2017)

Cross-party alliances will soften Brexit, says Blackford (The Scotsman, 2 September 2017)

The EU is blackmailing Britain – and it may well work (The Guardian, 1 September 2017)

Analysis: Another turbulent year in Scotland’s environment and rural briefs (Holyrood, 1 September 2017)

Liam Fox accuses EU of trying to ‘blackmail’ UK over Brexit deal (The Guardian, 1 September 2017)

Big businesses and banks are dominating the Brexit process in secret meetings the Canary, 29 August 2017)

Jean-Claude Juncker’s frosty verdict (Channel 4 News, 29 August 2017)

Hello spam and tinned peaches: is Britain facing a Brexit food crisis? (The Guardian, 29 August 2017)

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ISO 14001:2015 Interpretations Available


ISO 14001:2015 Interpretations Available

ISO 14001:2015 Interpretations Available

As reported in an earlier post (Interpretation Process for ISO 14001:2015), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed a process to clarify the intent of ISO 14001:2015.

The ISO process allows for interpretations to be provided by each National Member Body (NMB), normally, the standards making body in each country, such as BSI in the United Kingdom & ANSI in the United States. A full list of NMBs can be found here.

The responsible ISO Sub-Committee (SC1) has developed the process for managing interpretations of ISO 14001:2015 which was recently revised on 4 September 2017. A copy of the process is available for a free download here.

It is important to note that Interpretations do not change the requirements in ISO 14001:2015 but are intended to give users a better understanding of ISO 14001:2015.

The ISO 14001:2015 Interpretation process provides that:

  • It is the responsibility of each NMB to respond to any interpretation enquiries it receives;
  • The NMB interpretations are submitted to the ISO SC1 Secretary and reviewed annually at the ISO SC1 plenary;
  • After the review, the interpretation is made available to the public via ISO Livelink and the ISO SC1 website;
  • Any questions about the interpretation should be referred to the NMB where the interpretation originated.

This process has led to several interpretations on areas, such as whether interested parties must be documented in the EMS, identification of risk and opportunities, clarity on “outsourced process” and “life-cycle perspective”.

Any organisation who already has an EMS based on ISO 14001:2015 or is seeking to develop an EMS, Environmental Auditors, Certification Bodies and other users of ISO 14001:2015 should be aware of these interpretations.

The reviewed ISO 14001:2015 interpretations are available as a PDF for free download from the ISO website here

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How to get ISO 14001:2015 for free!


EMAS Revision provides the ISO 14001:2015 Clause requirements for a free download

EMAS Revision provides the ISO 14001:2015 Clause requirements as a free download

As an update to an earlier post (How to get ISO 14001:2004 for free!), there is a little known fact is that the requirement clauses of ISO 14001:2015 are available for free within a European Union Regulation.

European Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 establishes the European Union’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), which is based on the requirements of ISO 14001:2004 given in Annex II of the Regulation.

A recent revision, Regulation (EU) 2017/1505 published on 27 August 2017 provides amendments to the parent Regulation to ensure that EMAS can be based on ISO 14001:2015. These requirements are in Annex II of the amendment Regulation.

The publication of the amendment EU Regulation has the unintended consequence that the Clause requirements of ISO 14001:2015 are available as a free download from the European Commissions website.

It should be noted that the EU Regulation does not explicitly include the informative Annexes of the International Standard as these are not specifically required for implementation of an environmental management system based on EMAS.

So if you want to get a free download of the Clause requirements of ISO 14001:2015 for free, head to the European Commission website for your free copy here

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