SLR represented on ISO’s technical committee for the environment
Posted: September 07, 2016 /
Nigel Leehane, technical director in the Environmental Management, Permitting and Compliance team was one of the UK’s technical experts at last week’s annual ISO Environment Technical Committee meeting, held in Seoul, South Korea.
Almost 300 hundred delegates from around the world
participated in a series of meetings, organised by the sub-committees
responsible for standards for environmental management systems, environmental
auditing, environmental labelling, environmental performance evaluation, life
cycle assessment and greenhouse gas management.
Standards development typically involves a series of
meetings of a dedicated working group, several times per year over a period of
three years. The annual meeting is an important forum for planning this work and
reviewing progress. It also provides an opportunity for the working groups to
come together and continue with their efforts.
In Seoul, more than 30 working groups were active, addressing topics
including climate change adaptation, monetary value of environmental impacts,
carbon footprinting, land degradation and desertification, and eco-design.
Nigel led a new working group, which started the development
of what will become ISO 14016, providing guidelines on the assurance of annual
corporate environmental and sustainability reports. Existing guidelines have
been criticised for failing to provide a sufficiently robust framework, and the
new standard aims to set out a process for assurance that will allow report
users to place greater reliance on their content. This is an important
development, which will be of interest to many of SLR’s clients. Nigel is keen
to demonstrate to them that SLR can help in developing processes to determine the
material issues to be included in their reports, managing the data which underpins
the reports, and guiding them through the assurance process.
Nigel also acted as chairman of the sub-committee for
environmental auditing, which has responsibility for this new verification
standard and also for contributing to the revision of ISO 19011, the standard
for management systems auditing.