Adopting a life cycle perspective through ISO14001: a game changer how to increase your company’s performance using ecodesign

Boucher, Julien (Haute école d’ingénierie et de gestion du canton de Vaud, HES-SO // Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale ; EA – Shaping Environmental Action) ; Evequoz,Pauline (EA – Shaping Environmental Action) ; Friot, Damien (EA – Shaping Environmental Action) ; Mayer, Samuel (Pôle éco-conception et Management du Cycle de Vie) ; Van Lierde, Nadège (Pôle éco-conception et Management du Cycle de Vie)

The ISO 14001 standard was extensively amended in 2015. The new version of the standard suggests a closer alignment of traditional environmental management systems with the footprinting approaches (Life Cycle Thinking) adopted by many corporations in recent years to assess the environmental performance of products and companies. As a result, a new link is also established with ecodesign practices. Context, risks and opportunities, performance and leadership are the four key new concepts enabling the bridge between management systems and company or product performances based on an enlarged life cycle perspective. Environmental aspects are now considered at corporate strategic level, opening the door for more integrated and structured ecodesign within companies. This document is intended as a guidance document to enable the understanding of the full consequences of integrating life cycle thinking within management systems and of how new opportunities arising from the integration may be seized. This guidance document intends to support companies and auditors in the adoption of the new standard and further promote ecodesign principles and applications.

HEIG-VD Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud
Institut Interdisciplinaire du Développement de l’Entreprise
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Mechelen, OVAM, 2017
OVAM, 2017
55 p.
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