ISO 14001 is now on its 3rd revision which brings major changes to the structure and the content of the standard. The most significant changes are the following:

· Increased importance of environmental management as part of strategic planning of the organization

· Greater emphasis on the understanding of the organization and its content, but also the expectations of interested parties

· Greater emphasis on leadership

· Encouraging preventive initiatives to protect the environment, such as the sustainable use of natural resources and climate change mitigation

· Require identification of risks associated with threats and opportunities

· Life cycle considerations when environmental aspects are addressed

· Establishment of a communication strategy

For the implementation of the new standard, a 3 year transition period has been defined, after the publication date (9-15-2015). Following 9-15-2018 no certificates issued according to ISO 14001:2004 will be valid.