BS EN ISO 14050:2020 Environmental management – Vocabulary

BS EN ISO 14050:2020 Environmental management - Vocabulary

BS EN ISO 14050:2020 pdf free.Environmental management – Vocabulary.
This document defines terms used in documents in the fields of environmental management systems and tools in support of sustainable development. These include management systems, auditing and other types of assessment, communications, footprinting studies, greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
2 Normative references
There are no normative references in this document.
3 Terms and definitions
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3.1 General terms relating to management systems
3.1.1 organization
person or group of people that has its own functions with responsibilities, authorities and relationships to achieve its objectives (jj)
3.1.2 interested party stakeholder
person or organization (lid) that can affect, be affected by, or perceive itself to be affected by a decision or activity
3.1.3 top management
person or group of people who directs and controls an organization (iLl) at the highest level
3.1.4 management system
set of interrelated or interacting elements of an organization (lid) to establish policies (3.1S) and objectives (i.L), as well as processes (1L9) to achieve those objectives
3.1.5 policy
intentions and direction of an organization (3.1.1), as formally expressed by its top management (3.1.3)
3.1.6 objective
result to be achieved
3.1.7 risk
effect of uncertainty
3.1.8 hazard
potential source of injury or damage to the health of people, or damage to property or the
environment (3.2.2)
3.1.9 process
set of interrelated or interacting activities that uses or transforms inputs to deliver a result
3.1.10 competence
ability to apply knowledge and skills to achieve intended results
3.1.11 documented information
information required to be controlled and maintained by an organization (3.1.1) and the medium on
which it is contained
3.1.12 performance
measurable result
3.1.13 continual improvement
recurring activity to enhance performance (3.1.12)
3.1.14 effectiveness
extent to which planned activities are realized and planned results achieved
3.1.15 requirement
need or expectation that is stated, generally implied or obligatory
3.1.16 conformity
fulfilment of a requirement (3.1.15)
3.1.17 nonconformity
non-fulfilment of a requirement (3.1.15)
3.1.18 corrective action
action to eliminate the cause(s) of a nonconformity (3.1.1Z) and to prevent recurrence
3.1.19 audit
systematic and independent process (3.1.9) for obtaining evidence and evaluating it objectively to
determine the extent to which the audit criteria (3.4.44) are fulfilled
3.1.20 measurement
process (3.1.9) to determine a value
3.1.21 monitoring
determining the status of a system, a process (3.1.9) or an activity
3.2 General terms relating to environmental management
3.2.1 environmental management
set of coordinated activities within an organization (3.1.1) related to its environmental aspects (3.2.20)
3.2.2 environment
surroundings in which an organization (3.1.1] operates, including air, water, land (3.8.16], natural resources (3.2.5), flora, fauna, humans and their interrelationships
3.2.3 ecosystem
dynamic complex of communities of plants, animals and microorganisms and their non-living environment, interacting as a functional entity
3.2.4 ecosystem service
benefit people obtain from one or several ecosystems (3.2.3)
3.2.5 natural resource
part of nature that provides benefits to humans or underpins human well-being
3.2.6 environmental baseline
state of the environment (3.2.2) without the change that is considered
3.2.7 target group
interested party (3.1.2) or interested parties selected as the focus of an organization’s (3.1.1) environmental communication (3.7.19) activity
3.2.8 third party
person or body that is recognized as being independent of the parties involved, as concerns the issues
in question
3.2.9 sustainable development
development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
3.2.10 prevention of pollution
use of processes (3.1.9), practices, techniques, materials, products (3.5.12], or energy to avoid, reduce or control (separately or in combination) the creation, emission or discharge of any type of pollutant or waste, in order to reduce adverse environmental impacts (3.2.22)
3.2.11 area of concern
aspect of the natural environment, human health or resources of interest to society
3.2.12 environmental topic area
area of interest or concern for environmental management (3.2.1) in an organization (3.1.1) in relation to its surroundings
3.2.13 methodology
set of means or procedures (3.3.6) used for a specific purpose
3.2.14 transparency
open, comprehensive and understandable presentation of information
3.2.15 benchmark
reference point against which comparisons can be made
3.2.16 equity share
extent of the rights an organization (3.11) has to the risks (3.1.Z) and rewards from an operation based on its equity interest
3.2.17 local authority
public body given the authority by legislation or directives of a higher level of government to set general policies (3.1.5), plans or requirements (3.1.15)
3.2.18 site
location with geographical boundaries and on which activities under the control of an organization (3.1.1) can be carried out
3.2.19 facility
single installation, set of installations or production processes (3.1.9) (stationary or mobile), which can be defined within a single geographical boundary, organizational unit or production process
3.2.20 environmental aspect
element of an organization’s (3.1.1) activities or products (3.5.12) that interacts or can interact with the environment (3.2.2)
3.2.21 environmental impact pathway
series of consecutive, causal relationships, ultimately starting at an environmental aspect 3.2,20) and ending at an environmental impact (3.2.22)
3.2.22 environmental impact
change to the environment (3.2.2), whether adverse or beneficial, including possible consequences,wholly or partially resulting from an organization’s (3.1.1) environmental aspects (3.2.20)
3.2.23 environmental impact factor
quantity of environmental impact (3.2.22) per quantity of environmental aspect (3.2.20)
3.2.24 indicator
quantitative, qualitative or binary variable that can be measured, calculated or described, representing the status of operations, management, conditions or impacts
3.2.25 key performance indicator
KPI indicator (3.2.24) of performance (3.1.12) deemed by an organization (3.1.1) to be significant and giving prominence and attention to certain aspects of operations, management, conditions or impacts
3.2.26 combined indicator
indicator (3.2.24) that includes information on more than one aspect of operations, management,conditions or impacts
3.2.27 environmental performance
performance (3.1.12) related to the management of environmental aspects (3.2.20)
3.2.28  environmental performance evaluation process (3.1.9) to facilitate management decisions regarding an organization’s (3.1.1) environmental performance (3.2.27) by selecting indicators (3.2.24), collecting and analysing data, assessing information against environmental performance criteria, reporting and communicating, and periodically reviewing and improving this process
3.2.29 environmental performance indicator EPI
indicator (3.2.24) that provides information about an organization’s (3.1.1) environmental performance
3.2.30  management performance indicator
MPI environmental performance indicator (3.2.29) that provides information about the management efforts to influence an organization’s (3.1.1) environmental performance (3.2.22)
3.2.31 operational performance indicator
environmental performance indicator (3.2.29) that provides information about the environmental performance (3.2.2Z) of an organization’s (3.1.1) operation
3.2.32 environmental condition indicator
indicator (3.2.24) that provides information about the local, regional, national or global environmental condition (3.2.33)
3.2.33 environmental condition
state or characteristic of the environment (3.2.2) as determined at a certain point in time
3.2.34 sphere of influence
range or extent of political, contractual, economic or other relationships through which an organization
(3.1.1) has the ability to affect the decisions or activities of individuals or organizations
3.2.35 trade-off
decision-making actions that select from various requirements (3.1.15) and alternative solutions on the basis of net benefit to interested parties (3.1.2).BS EN ISO 14050 pdf downlaod.BS EN ISO 14050:2020 Environmental management – Vocabulary

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