Life cycle consideration in environmental management: adjusting screw for greenhouse gas reduction and protection of biodiversity

Frankfurt on the Main (ots)

Since the 2015 revision, the international environmental standard ISO 14001 has required consideration of the individual phases of the life cycle of products and services with a view to environmental impact. How this can be implemented, however, has always been the subject of discussions. With the new technical specification DIN / TS 35807, instructions are now available for the standard-compliant consideration of the life cycle in the sense of the environmental standard ISO 14001. The German Society for the Certification of Management Systems (DQS GmbH) has published a white paper on this, which is available to interested companies free of charge.

Three ways of looking at the path of life

DIN / TS 35807 presents three methods of considering the life cycle of products and services:

- ABC method - hotspot analysis - life cycle assessment

The so-called ABC method is suitable for a quick qualitative overview, while the Hotspot analysis Dive deeper into the quantitative determination of relevant environmental aspects using a heat map. Finally, the guide also describes the procedure for creating a proper one LCA (also called life cycle analysis or life cycle assessment). The DQS whitepaper explains the three approaches in detail and compares the required data requirements and the time required.

Recognize, evaluate and improve environmental impacts

Information gained from the life cycle assessment can promote long-term corporate success, avoid negative environmental impacts and thus open up new opportunities for sustainable development. Effects of environmental aspects can be felt, for example, in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity / ecosystems and the consumption of non-renewable resources, but also with a view to socio-economic aspects in society and the economy. You can read the DQS whitepaper on life cycle assessment in environmental management Download here for free.

DQS GmbH - German society for the certification of management systems

The German Society for the Certification of Management Systems (DQS) was founded in 1985 by DGQ (German Society for Quality eV) and DIN (German Institute for Standardization eV) as Germany's first management system certifier.

As the only major certifier, it focuses on management systems and processes and has played a pioneering role here for years. In 1986, for example, DQS issued Germany's first certificate in accordance with ISO 9001, the world's most important standard for management systems.

With its audit services, it pursues the objective of giving its customers impulses for improvement potential beyond an assessment of conformity with standards. For this purpose, DQS uses freelance, highly qualified specialists and managers as auditors. These represent all areas of industry and economy, public administration and health and social services.

DQS GmbH is part of the international DQS Group, which is represented in 69 countries with 80 branches. The group of companies employs around 3.300 people - including around 2.500 auditors - and achieved a turnover of 2020 million euros in 136. With over 66.000 certificates in 142 countries, the DQS Group is one of the leaders in the certification industry. (As of June 2021)

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