One of the new requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 standard is the requirement for Life Cycle Thinking. Considering a company's environmental impact from the cradle to the grave can seem like a daunting task.
For each item or service that a company purchases, there could be many other companies that were involved upstream to the point where we acquired raw materials from nature.
And for each item or service that a company sells, there could be many other companies or consumers that will be involved downstream to where the product meets its end of life and is recycled, refurbished, reused, incinerated, or landfilled.
Understanding and considering these upstream and downstream processes are the Life Cycle Thinking that the ISO 14001:2015 standard involves. Depending on the company's level of desire for continuous improvement, this life cycle thinking could involve the formal method of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to drive a more quantitative estimate of potential environmental and economic savings.
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