Final ISO 14001:2015 Transition Rate


As reporting in previous posts (How is the ISO 14001:2015 Transition going?Time to make your ISO 14001:2015 Transition, The Sands of Time run out of ISO 14001:2015 Transition & Has ISO 14001:2015 stalled?), there has been considerable concern that the transition to ISO 14001:2015 may not have gone smoothly and that a considerable number of organisations may have missed the transition opportunity.

The most recent ISO Survey covering the annual period up to 31 December 2017 showed that there were 160, 803 ISO 14001:2004 certificates held by organisations who had not made the transition to ISO 14001:2015.

However, the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has conducted a bespoke survey, which more accurately covers the final position as at the end of September 2018.

Their data coordinated from IAF Accreditation Body members and their accredited Certification Bodies gave a 93% transition rate to the 2015 versions of the quality and environmental management system standards ISO 14001 & ISO 9001. However, the information is not further sub-divided into ISO 14001 & ISO 9001.

If this 93% figure applies to ISO 14001 transitions, it would mean that approximately 337, 277 certificate have been transitioned.

It does, however, mean that an estimated 25, 400 ISO 14001:2004 certificates have expired at that the organisations are not benefiting from the enhanced environmental performance and compliance that they may have experienced as a ISO 14001 certificate holder.

It should be noted that any organization certified to the previous versions of these two standards is no longer has a valid certificate. However, the IAF does allow for a certificate to be reinstated within six months of the 15 September 2018 deadline, provided all the appropriate requirements and processes have been undertaken & that the transition audit was started before 15 September 2018 (see my previous post – Important Further Information for Certification Bodies regarding transition to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001).

I am sure that the transition rate will increase further from the current 93% but it remains to be seen, just how many ISO 14001:2004 certificates are finally transitioned.

What have been your experience of the ISO 14001:2015 transition?

I welcome your comments below.

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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Green GB Week – Wrap-Up (20 October 2018)


Over the past week, this website has been posting five posts on each of the days of the first Green GB Week marking the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act 2008.

Green GB Week is an opportunity to bring the whole country together to celebrate UK leadership and look forward to the next ten years, where we can seize the opportunities of clean growth.

It has been conceived as a series of week-long events and activity bringing together businesses, schools, colleges, universities, community groups, and charities to explore how clean growth will change our futures and others can contribute to action on climate change.

The intention is for Green GB Week to promote the scale of the opportunities to reduce emissions, grow the low carbon economy and create a better environment.

This Wrap-Up Day (20 October 2018) looks at the themes from the five days making up the first Green GB Week, namely:

Day 1 (15 October 2018) – UK leading the world
Day 2 (16 October 2018) – Technologies of the future: clean growth and innovation
Day 3 (17 October 2018) – Financing the low carbon economy
Day 4 (18 October 2018) – Clean growth as a business opportunity
Day 5 (19 October 2018) – Climate action in communities

Each of these themes formed the foundation of a Clean Growth and Low Carbon economy as promoted throughout the first Green GB Week.

Take time to visit the Green GB Week website & consider how you can take the themes from the first Green GB Week and contribute to Clean Growth and Low Carbon economy, in your personal, business and community life, beyond the boundaries of this week.

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review the content of the Green GB website for opportunities to develop a Clean Growth and a Low Carbon economy in the areas, where you live and work.
  2. Consider any activities, such as social media, that can spread the message of individual, business and community action on clean growth and climate change.
  3. Consider the all of the themes from Day 1 to 5 (15 – 19 October 2018) & what will be your next steps – Leave a comment in this post.

#GreenGB #Cleangrowth #cleanuk @beisgovuk

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ANSI celebrates Its 100th Year as part of the U.S. Voluntary Standards Community


In recognition of the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1918, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standards and conformance system, has released an array of multimedia resources that illustrate standardization’s dynamic role in fostering progress, safety, and innovation in the United States and beyond.

A new commemorative webpage, www.ansi.org/100, features historical content, event information, and a growing set of interactive tools and videos detailing how ANSI and its members, partners, and stakeholders have evolved to meet the needs of U.S. industry, government, and citizens over ten decades.

100 Years of Standards & Conformity Assessment
ANSI was originally established on 19 October 19 1918, as the American Engineering Standards Committee (AESC) – an impartial national body to coordinate standards development, approve national consensus standards, and halt user confusion on acceptability.

Since then, ANSI has led and supported the voluntary standardization community in critical work that has fostered significant U.S. advancements and milestones – from the post-war industrial production boom to the wave of technological innovations sweeping the nation today.

On 19 October 2018, ANSI is celebrating this record of achievement with the newly launched “100 Years of ANSI” interactive gallery and 100th anniversary timeline , which looks at the Institute’s transformation through the decades, its long-term impact on trade and the global supply chain, and the standards and conformance–based initiatives, collaboratives, and accreditation solutions that strengthen U.S. competitiveness and quality of life. These historical overviews highlight efforts on both the domestic and international fronts, and illustrate how ANSI and its partners have supported a wide array of sectors throughout its history as industrial, technological, and societal landscapes evolve.

In recognition of its history, S. Joe Bhatia (ANSI president and CEO) has said

“For a century, ANSI has played an integral part in supporting America’s growth and safety, and continues to improve the quality of life for millions. I’m honored to take part in this legacy, as ANSI, its staff, and our highly collaborative standardization community continue to lead exciting efforts that lay the foundation for innovative breakthroughs for generations to come.”

ANSI will host a number of special events and activities in 2018 in recognition of its 100th anniversary.

Follow the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #ANSIturns100.

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Green GB Week – Day 5 (19 October 2018)


 

Today (19 October 2018) is Day 5 & the final day of the first Green GB Week marking the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act 2008.

Green GB Week is an opportunity to bring the whole country together to celebrate UK leadership and look forward to the next ten years, where we can seize the opportunities of clean growth.

It has been conceived as a series of week-long events and activity bringing together businesses, schools, colleges, universities, community groups, and charities to explore how clean growth will change our futures and others can contribute to action on climate change.

The intention is for Green GB Week to promote the scale of the opportunities to reduce emissions, grow the low carbon economy and create a better environment.

Day 5 (19 October 2018) looks at the actions that communities can take to deal with and minimise climate change.

Each of us can make a change and a real difference BUT together we can make more significant contributions to climate change. We need to connect within our communities and beyond to ensure that the message of clean growth and climate change are understood and action is taken to drive towards a low carbon future.

Here are two opportunities for UK communities to come together to connect with clean growth and climate action:

  1. Groups, such as the Community Energy Hub, provide resources promoting communities take control of their energy and giving them an opportunity to source sustainable energy and save costs.
  2. Use tools, such as WWT Environmental Footprint Calculator, to identify opportunities to reduce energy usage and other environmental impacts.

Take time to visit the Green GB Week website & consider how you can contribute the week’s activities and beyond.

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review the content of the Green GB website in the context of the opportunities to connect within your community on clean growth and climate change.
  2. Consider any activities, such as social media, that can spread the message of a celebration of community action on clean growth and climate change.
  3. Consider how you can develop a Clean Growth and Low Carbon community in the area that you live and work in & what will be your next steps – Leave a comment in this post.

#Green #Cleangrowth #cleanuk @beisgovuk

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Green GB Week – Day 4 (18 October 2018)


Today (18 October 2018) is Day 4 of the first Green GB Week marking the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act 2008.

Green GB Week is an opportunity to bring the whole country together to celebrate UK leadership and look forward to the next ten years, where we can seize the opportunities of clean growth.

It has been conceived as a series of week-long events and activity bringing together businesses, schools, colleges, universities, community groups, and charities to explore how clean growth will change our futures and others can contribute to action on climate change.

The intention is for Green GB Week to promote the scale of the opportunities to reduce emissions, grow the low carbon economy and create a better environment.

Day 4 (18 October 2018) looks at the opportunities for businesses to apply the principles of clean growth. Businesses should not look at clean growth as a burden but as an opportunity to explore new business models and market opportunities.

Additionally, businesses should consider their actions that can minimise climate change, such as new business policies and procedures, energy reduction programmes & deployment of low carbon innovation.

Here are three facts about the UK leadership on clean growth business opportunities in climate change:

  1. By 2030, the UK’s clean economy has the potential to 4x the rate of GDP growth, support 2 million jobs & generate £170 Billion of annual exports.
  2. There are almost 400,000 jobs in low carbon businesses and their supply chains, which represents a solid and growing foundation of a skilled employment market to drive Clean Growth businesses.
  3. Over 86% of the projected $11.5 trillion investment in global power generation over the next three decades is expected to be in low carbon resources.

Take time to visit the Green GB Week website & consider how you can contribute the week’s activities and beyond.

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review the content of the Green GB website in the context of your views on the business opportunities in a clean growth economy & actions that you can take to reduce climate change.
  2. Consider any activities, such as social media, that can spread the message of a celebration of the clean growth opportunities and & actions to reduce climate change.
  3. Consider the theme for Day 5 (19 October 2018) covering climate action
    in communities.
#GreenGB #Cleangrowth #climatechange #cleanuk @beisgovuk
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Green GB Week – Day 3 (17 October 2018)


Today (17 October 2018) is Day 3 and midway through the first Green GB Week marking the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act 2008.

Green GB Week is an opportunity to bring the whole country together to celebrate UK leadership and look forward to the next ten years, where we can seize the opportunities of clean growth.

It has been conceived as a series of week-long events and activity bringing together businesses, schools, colleges, universities, community groups, and charities to explore how clean growth will change our futures and others can contribute to action on climate change.

The intention is for Green GB Week to promote the scale of the opportunities to reduce emissions, grow the low carbon economy and create a better environment.

Day 3 (17 October 2018) looks at the financing the low carbon economy & how the financial sector can work with Government and businesses to deliver clean growth for the country ensuring that the economy can grow while reducing greenhouse gas emissions leading to a low carbon economy.

It is the financial investment in environmental technology, infrastructure and services that can create jobs and drive cleaner, more climate resilient, economic growth.

Here are three facts about the UK leadership on financing a Clean Growth & Low Carbon economy:

  1. The low carbon economy supports local economies, such as in Oxfordshire, which has a turnover of £1.15 billion supporting 8,800 jobs and represents 7% of the local economy.
  2. In Scotland, the value of the low carbon economy was £5.8 billion in 2016, supporting 24,000 jobs and 9,000 businesses.
  3. In Northern Ireland, the value of the new low carbon economy was £1 billion in 2016,
    supporting 6000 jobs and 4500 businesses.

Take time to visit the Green GB Week website & consider how you can contribute the week’s activities and beyond.

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review the content of the Green GB website in the context of your views on the UK’s financial sector and the opportunities for financial leadership to contribute to a clean growth economy.
  2. Consider any activities, such as social media, that can spread the message of a celebration of UK leadership on financing climate action & explaining the latest science on climate – Leave a comment in this post.
  3. Consider the theme for Day 4 (18 October 2018) covering clean growth as a business opportunity.

#GreenGB #Cleangrowth or #cleanuk @beisgovuk

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