Environmental management - Vocabulary (ISO 14050:2020)

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.

Umweltmanagement - Begriffe (ISO 14050:2020)

Dieses Dokument definiert Begriffe, die in Dokumenten in den Bereichen Umweltmanagementsysteme und Instrumente zur Unterstützung einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung verwendet werden. Dazu gehören Managementsysteme, Auditierung und andere Arten der Bewertung, Kommunikation, Footprinting Studien, Verringerung von Treibhausgasemissionen und Anpassung an den Klimawandel.

Management environnemental - Vocabulaire (ISO 14050:2020)

Le présent document définit les termes dans les documents relatifs aux domaines des systèmes de management environnemental et aux outils venant à l'appui du développement durable, ce qui inclut les systèmes de management, les audits et les autres types d'évaluation, les communications, les études d'empreinte, l'atténuation des gaz à effet de serre et l'adaptation au changement climatique.

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SLOVENSKI STANDARD
SIST EN ISO 14050:2020
01-november-2020
Nadomešča:
SIST EN ISO 14050:2010
Ravnanje z okoljem - Slovar (ISO 14050:2020)
Environmental management - Vocabulary (ISO 14050:2020)
Umweltmanagement - Begriffe (ISO 14050:2020)
Management environnemental - Vocabulaire (ISO 14050:2020)
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: EN ISO 14050:2020
ICS:
01.040.13 Okolje. Varovanje zdravja. Environment. Health
Varnost (Slovarji) protection. Safety
(Vocabularies)
13.020.10 Ravnanje z okoljem Environmental management
SIST EN ISO 14050:2020 en,fr,ru

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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European foreword

This document (EN ISO 14050:2020) has been prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 207

"Environmental management" in collaboration with CCMC.

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INTERNATIONAL ISO
STANDARD 14050
Fourth edition
2020-07
Environmental management —
Vocabulary
Management environnemental — Vocabulaire
Reference number
ISO 14050:2020(E)
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Foreword ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................iv

Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative references ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3.1 General terms relating to management systems ....................................................................................................... 1

3.2 General terms relating to environmental management ...................................................................................... 3

3.3 Terms relating to environmental management systems .................................................................................... 6

3.4 Terms relating to verification, validation and audit................................................................................................ 6

3.5 Terms relating to product systems .....................................................................................................................................10

3.6 Terms relating to life cycle assessment ..........................................................................................................................12

3.7 Terms relating to environmental labelling, declarations and communication .............................17

3.8 Terms relating to climate change and climate action .........................................................................................19

3.9 Terms relating to greenhouse gases ..................................................................................................................................21

3.10 Terms relating to water footprint ........................................................................................................................................25

3.11 Terms relating to carbon footprint .....................................................................................................................................27

3.12 Terms relating to economy and finance .........................................................................................................................27

Annex A (informative) Concept relations and concept systems ............................................................................................32

Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................55

Alphabetical index .............................................................................................................................................................................................................57

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Foreword

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Introduction

Communication is important in the implementation and operation of environmental management

systems. This communication will be most effective if there is a common understanding of the terms used.

To simplify the harmonization of terms and definitions in the field of environmental management, each

terminological entry in this document contains a generic term and its definition. Notes to entry and

examples have been included only in a few cases to provide additional information or clarification.

The terminology is arranged in subclauses, each representing a specific sub-domain. The sequence of

the term entries corresponds to the concept diagrams in Annex A.

This document has been developed in close cooperation with the committees and working groups

involved in the development and revision of the ISO 14000 family of standards. A list of published

documents in the ISO 14000 family of standards is presented in the Bibliography.
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Environmental management — Vocabulary
1 Scope

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

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https:// www .iso .org/ obp
— IEC Electropedia: available at http:// www .electropedia .org/
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 (3.1.6)
3.1.2
interested party
stakeholder

person or organization (3.1.1) 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 (3.1.1) at the highest level

3.1.4
management system

set of interrelated or interacting elements of an organization (3.1.1) to establish policies (3.1.5) and

objectives (3.1.6), as well as processes (3.1.9) 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
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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 (3.1.17) 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
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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
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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 (3.1.1) has to the risks (3.1.7) 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

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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
EPE

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

(3.2.27)
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 (3.2.27)
3.2.31
operational performance indicator
OPI

environmental performance indicator (3.2.29) that provides information about the environmental

performance (3.2.27) 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)
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3.3 Terms relating to environmental management systems
3.3.1
environmental management system
EMS

part of the management system (3.1.4) used to manage environmental aspects (3.2.20), fulfil compliance

obligations (3.3.4), and address risks (3.1.7) and opportunities
3.3.2
environmental policy
policy (3.1.5) related to environmental performance (3.2.27)
3.3.3
environmental objective

objective (3.1.6) set by the organization (3.1.1) and consistent with its environmental policy (3.3.2)

3.3.4
compliance obligation

legal requirement that an organization (3.1.1) has to comply with or other requirement (3.1.15) that an

organization has to or chooses to comply with
3.3.5
maturity level

level of achievement in the implementation process measured on a scale of maturity for environmental

management system (3.3.1) elements
3.3.6
procedure
specified way to carry out an activity or a process (3.1.9)
3.4 Terms relating to verification, validation and audit
3.4.1
verification
conformity assessment

confirmation through the provision of objective evidence (3.4.32), that specified requirements (3.1.15)

have been fulfilled
3.4.2
verification statement
formal declaration of the outcome of a verification (3.4.1)
3.4.3
verification team

one or more verifiers (3.4.5) conducting a verification (3.4.1), supported if needed by technical experts

(3.4.36)
3.4.4
verification body
organization (3.1.1) that performs verifications (3.4.1)
3.4.5
verifier

competent and independent person or persons with responsibility for performing and reporting on a

verification (3.4.1) process (3.1.9)
3.4.6
verification plan
planning document detailing the implementation of verification (3.4.1)
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3.4.7
verification report
document detailing a verification (3.4.1) and its results
3.4.8
environmental claim verification

confirmation of the validity of an environmental claim (3.7.3) using specific predetermined criteria and

procedures (3.3.6) with an assurance of data reliability
3.4.9
technology

application of scientific knowledge, tools, techniques, crafts or systems in order to solve a problem or to

achieve an objective (3.1.6), which can result in a product (3.5.12) or process (3.1.9)

3.4.10
environmental technology

technology (3.4.9) that either results in an environmental added value (3.4.12) or measures parameters

that indicate an environmental impact (3.2.22)
3.4.11
environmental technology verification

verification (3.4.1) of the performance (3.1.12) of an environmental technology (3.4.10) by a verifier (3.4.5)

3.4.12
environmental added value

more beneficial or less adverse environmental impact (3.2.22) of a technology (3.4.9) with respect to the

relevant alternative
3.4.13
intrusive investigation
sampling and testing requiring physical interference
3.4.14
professional scepticism
attitude that includes a questioning mind and a critical assessment of evidence
3.4.15
completeness check

process (3.1.9) of verifying whether information from the phases of a life cycle assessment (3.6.2) is

sufficient for reaching conclusions in accordance with the goal and scope definition

3.4.16
consistency check

process (3.1.9) of verifying that the assumptions, methods and data are consistently applied

throughout the study and are in accordance with the goal and scope definition performed before

conclusions are reached
3.4.17
sensitivity check

process (3.1.9) to determine that the information obtained from a sensitivity analysis (3.6.25) is relevant

for reaching conclusions, changing results, have influence on results and giving recommendations

3.4.18
test body

organization (3.1.1) providing an environment for testing, test implementation and means for

performing and reporting on the testing
3.4.19
test plan

planning document detailing the principles, test methods, conditions, procedures (3.3.6) and data

quality (3.6.46) required to carry out testing and to produce test data
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3.4.20
test report

document describing conditions and results of testing, and usually including a description of or

reference to procedures (3.3.6)
3.4.21
validation

confirmation through the provision of objective evidence (3.4.32) that the requirements (3.1.15) for a

specific intended use or application have been fulfilled
3.4.22
validation statement
formal declaration of the outcome of a validation (3.4.21)
3.4.23
validation team

one or more validators (3.4.25) conducting a validation (3.4.21), supported if needed by technical experts

(3.4.36)
3.4.24
validation body
organization (3.1.1) that performs validations (3.4.21)
3.4.25
validator

competent and independent person or persons with responsibility for performing a validation (3.4.21)

and reporting on the results of the validation
3.4.26
complaint

expression of dissatisfaction, other than by appeal, by any person or organization (3.1.1) to another

person or organization, relating to its activities, where a response is expected
3.4.27
validation criteria

policy (3.1.5), procedure (3.3.6) or requirement (3.1.15) used as a reference against which evidence is

compared
3.4.28
level of assurance

degree of reliability the intended user requires in a validation (3.4.21) or verification (3.4.1)

3.4.29
conflict of interest

situation in which, because of other activities or relationships, impartiality in performing validation

(3.4.21) or verification (3.4.1) activities is or could be compromised
3.4.30
accreditation

third-party attestation related to a validation body (3.4.24), verification body (3.4.4) or certification body

conveying a formal demonstration of its competence (3.1.10) to carry out specific validation (3.4.21) or

verification (3.4.1) tasks
3.4.31
accreditation body
authority that performs accreditation (3.4.30)
3.4.32
objective evidence
data supporting the existence or verity of something
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3.4.33
audit client
organization (3.1.1) or person requesting an audit (3.1.19)
3.4.34
auditee
organization (3.1.1) being audited
3.4.35
audit team

one or more persons conducting an audit (3.1.19), supported if needed by technical experts (3.4.36)

3.4.36
technical expert
person who provides specific knowledge on a specified subject
3.4.37
auditor
person who conducts an audit (3.1.19)
3.4.38
combined audit

audit (3.1.19) carried out together at a single auditee (3.4.34) on two or more management systems (3.1.4)

3.4.39
joint audit

audit (3.1.19) carried out at a single auditee (3.4.34) by two or more auditing organizations (3.1.1)

3.4.40
internal audit
audit (3.1.19) where the audit team (3.4.35) belongs to the auditee (3.4.34)
3.4.41
audit programme

set of one or more audits (3.1.19) planned for a specific time frame and directed towards a specific purpose

3.4.42
audit scope
extent and b
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01-december-2019
Ravnanje z okoljem - Slovar (ISO/DIS 14050:2019)
Environmental management - Vocabulary (ISO/DIS 14050:2019)
Umweltmanagement - Begriffe (ISO/DIS 14050:2019)
Management environnemental - Vocabulaire (ISO/DIS 14050:2019)
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: prEN ISO 14050
ICS:
01.040.13 Okolje. Varovanje zdravja. Environment. Health
Varnost (Slovarji) protection. Safety
(Vocabularies)
13.020.10 Ravnanje z okoljem Environmental management
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2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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Environmental management — Vocabulary
Management environnemental — Vocabulaire
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Contents

Foreword ......................................................................................................................................................................... iv

Introduction..................................................................................................................................................................... v

3.1 Terms from High level structure ...................................................................................................................... 1

3.2 General terms relating to environmental management .......................................................................... 3

3.3 Terms relating to environmental management system .......................................................................... 7

3.4 Terms relating to verification, validation and auditing .......................................................................... 8

3.5 Terms relating to product system ................................................................................................................ 13

3.6 Terms relating to life cycle assessment ...................................................................................................... 17

3.7 Terms relating to environmental labelling and declarations and to environmental

communication ............................................................................................................................................. 21

3.8 Terms relating to climate change and climate action ........................................................................... 25

3.9 Terms relating to greenhouse gases ............................................................................................................ 28

3.10 Terms relating to water footprint .......................................................................................................... 33

3.11 Terms relating to carbon footprint ........................................................................................................ 36

3.12 Terms relating to economy and finance ............................................................................................... 37

Annex A (informative) Methodology used in the development of the vocabulary ............................ 40

Annex B (informative) Concept diagrams ........................................................................................................ 43

Annex C (informative) Use of concepts in other documents ...................................................................... 62

3.1 Terms from High level structure ................................................................................................................... 62

3.2 General terms relating to environmental management ....................................................................... 63

3.3 Terms relating to environmental management system ....................................................................... 64

3.4 Terms relating to verification, validation and auditing ....................................................................... 64

3.5 Terms relating to product system ................................................................................................................. 65

3.6 Terms relating to life cycle assessment ...................................................................................................... 67

3.7 Terms relating to environmental labelling and declarations and to environmental

communication ............................................................................................................................................. 68

3.8 Terms relating to climate change and climate action ........................................................................... 69

3.9 Terms relating to greenhouse gases ............................................................................................................ 69

3.10 Terms relating to water footprint .......................................................................................................... 71

3.11 Terms relating to carbon footprint ........................................................................................................ 71

Alphabetical index ...................................................................................................................................................... 73

Bibliography ................................................................................................................................................................. 81

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Foreword

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This document was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 207, Environmental management.

This fourth edition cancels and replaces the third edition (ISO 14050:2009), which has been technically

revised. The fourth edition is structured differently from the third edition. It presents a more generic

vocabulary of environmental management terminology.
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Introduction

Communication is important in the implementation and operation of environmental management

systems. This communication will be most effective if there is a common understanding of the terms used.

With the aim of simplifying the harmonization of terms and definitions in the field of environmental

management, each terminological entry contains a generic definition. Notes to entry and examples have

been included only in a few cases. Standards developers may add notes to entry and examples as needed

to adapt each entry to serve the purpose of each individual document.

The terminology is arranged in sub-clauses, each representing a specific sub-domain. One of these sub-

clauses (3.1) contains terms and definitions intended to be used in all management system standards.

The sequence of the term entries corresponds to the concept diagrams in Annex B.

ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1, Annex L (previously Annex SL of the ISO Supplement), “Proposals for

management system standards” includes terms and definitions to be used in all management system

standard. This is an important terminology source for this document.

ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1, Annex M (previously Annex SP of the ISO Supplement), “Policy for the

development of sector-specific management standards and sector-specific management system

standards (MSS)” stipulates rules for the use of ISO 14050 terminology in environmental management

standards, in particular in sub-clauses M.5.2.5 and M.5.2.6:

M.5.2.5 Technical committee, subcommittee, project committee (SyC in IEC) or International

Workshop developing sector-, aspect- or element-specific environmental management standards

shall: …

— include the normative reference of the appropriate generic ISO 14050 terms and definitions; …

M.5.2.6 Any requests for guidance on this sector-, aspect- or element-specific policy or for

interpretation of generic ISO 14000 series standards or ISO 14050 terms and definitions or for

guidance on a sector-, aspect- or element-specific document shall be submitted to the ISO Central

Secretariat as well as the relevant TC 207 subcommittee.

This document has been developed in close cooperation with committees and working groups involved

in the development and revision of the ISO 14000 series of International Standards, Technical Reports

and Technical Specifications. A complete list of published documents in the ISO 14000 series is presented

in the Bibliography in this document.
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Environmental management — Vocabulary
1 Scope

This document contains terms and definitions used in standards in the field of environmental

management systems and tools in support of sustainable development. These include management

systems, auditing and different types of assessment, communications, footprinting, greenhouse gas

management and adaptation to climate change.

The terms and definitions given in this document are intended to be guiding reference for future and

revised documents in the ISO 14000 series.
2 Normative references
There are no normative references in this document.
3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https://www.iso.org/obp
— IEC Electropedia: available at http://www.electropedia.org/

NOTE 1 See Annex C for reference to where each concept has been defined in other documents.

NOTE 2 The “High level structure (HLS)” referenced in 3.1 is Appendix 2 of Annex L of the ISO/IEC Directives, “High

level structure, identical core text, common terms and core definitions”.
3.1 Terms from High level structure
3.1.1
organization

person or group of people that has its own functions with responsibilities, authorities and relationships

to achieve its objectives (3.1.7)
3.1.2
interested party
stakeholder

person or organization (3.1.1) 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 (3.1.1) at the highest level

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3.1.4
management system

set of interrelated or interacting elements of an organization (3.1.1) to establish policies (3.1.6) and

objectives (3.1.7) and processes (3.1.8) to achieve those objectives
3.1.5
risk
effect of uncertainty
3.1.6
policy

intentions and direction of an organization (3.1.1) as formally expressed by its top management (3.1.3)

3.1.7
objective
result to be achieved
3.1.8
process

set of interrelated or interacting activities which transforms inputs into outputs

3.1.9
competence
ability to apply knowledge and skills to achieve intended results
3.1.10
documented information

information required to be controlled and maintained by an organization (3.1.1) and the medium on

which it is contained
3.1.11
performance
measurable result
3.1.12
continual improvement
recurring activity to enhance performance (3.1.11)
3.1.13
requirement
need or expectation that is stated, generally implied or obligatory
3.1.14
conformity
fulfilment of a requirement (3.1.13)
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3.1.15
nonconformity
non-fulfilment of a requirement (3.1.13)
3.1.16
corrective action

action to eliminate the cause of a nonconformity (3.1.15) and to prevent recurrence

3.1.17
audit

systematic, independent and documented process (3.1.8) for obtaining objective evidence (3.4.33) and

evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which the audit criteria (3.4.42) are fulfilled

[SOURCE: ISO 19011:2018, 3.1]
3.1.18
measurement
process (3.1.8) to determine a value
3.1.19
monitoring
determining the status of a system, a process (3.1.8) or an activity
3.1.20
effectiveness
extent to which planned activities are realized and planned results achieved
3.1.21
outsource

make an arrangement where an external organization (3.1.1) performs part of an organization’s function

or process (3.1.8)
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 (3.2.22)

3.2.2
environment

surroundings in which an organization (3.1.1) operates, including air, water, land (3.8.17), natural

resources (3.2.5), flora, fauna, humans and their interrelation
3.2.3
ecosystem

dynamic complex of communities of plants, animals and microorganisms and their non-living

environment (3.2.2), interacting as a functional entity
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3.2.4
ecosystem service
benefit people obtain from one or several ecosystems (3.2.3)
3.2.5
natural resource
part of nature which provides benefits to humans or underpins human well-being
3.2.6
environmental baseline
state of environment (3.2.2) without the change that is considered
3.2.7
target group

interested party (3.1.2) or parties selected as the focus of an organization’s (3.1.1) environmental

communication (3.7.17) 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
customer

person or organization (3.1.1) that could or does receive a product (3.5.2) or a service that is intended for

or required by this person or organization
3.2.10
customer service

interaction of the organization (3.1.1) with the customer (3.2.9) throughout the life cycle (3.6.1) of a

product (3.5.2)
3.2.11
sustainable development

development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future

generations to meet their own needs
3.2.12
prevention of pollution

use of processes (3.1.8), practices, techniques, materials, products, services 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 (3.2.24)
3.2.13
activity data

quantitative measure of an activity that results in an environmental impact (3.2.24)

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methodology
specific set of means or procedures (3.3.6) used in attaining an end
3.2.15
transparency
open, comprehensive and understandable presentation of information
3.2.16
benchmark
reference point against which comparisons can be made
3.2.17
reporting unit

quantified performance (3.1.11) expression of the organization (3.1.1) under study to be used as a

reference
3.2.18
equity share

extent of the rights an organization (3.1.1) has to the risks (3.1.5) and rewards from an operation based

on its equity interest
3.2.19
local authority

public body given the authority by legislation or directives of a higher level of government to set

general policies (3.1.6), plans or requirements (3.1.13)
3.2.20
site

location with geographical boundaries and on which activities under the control of an organization

(3.1.1) may be carried out
3.2.21
facility

single installation, set of installations or production processes (3.1.8) (stationary or mobile), which can

be defined within a single geographical boundary, organizational unit or production process

3.2.22
environmental aspect

element of an organization’s (3.1.1) activities or products (3.5.2) that interacts or can interact with the

environment (3.2.2)
3.2.23
environmental impact pathway

series of consecutive, causal relationships, ultimately starting at an environmental aspect (3.2.22) and

ending at an environmental impact (3.2.24)
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3.2.24
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 (3.2.22)

3.2.25
environmental condition

state or characteristic of the environment (3.2.2) as determined at a certain point in time

3.2.26
environmental performance
performance (3.1.11) related to the management of environmental aspects (3.2.22)
3.2.27
environmental performance evaluation
EPE

process (3.1.8) to facilitate management decisions regarding an organization’s (3.1.1) environmental

performance (3.2.26) by selecting indicators (3.2.31), collecting and analysing data, assessing information

against environmental performance (3.2.26) criteria, reporting and communicating, and periodically

reviewing and improving this process
3.2.28
environmental performance indicator
EPI

indicator (3.2.31) that provides information about an organization’s (3.1.1) environmental performance

(3.2.26)
3.2.29
management performance indicator
MPI

environmental performance indicator (3.2.28) that provides information about the management efforts to

influence an organization’s (3.1.1) environmental performance (3.2.26)
3.2.30
operational performance indicator
OPI

environmental performance indicator (3.2.28) that provides information about the environmental

performance (3.2.26) of an organization’s (3.1.1) operation
3.2.31
indicator

quantitative, qualitative or binary variable that can be measured or described, representing the status

of operations, management, conditions or impacts
3.2.32
key performance indicator
KPI

indicator (3.2.31) of performance (3.1.11) deemed by an organization (3.1.1) to be significant and giving

prominence and attention to certain aspects of operations, management, conditions or impacts

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combined indicator

indicator (3.2.31) which includes information on more than one aspect of operations, management,

conditions or impacts
3.2.34
environmental condition indicator

indicator (3.2.31) that provides information about the local, regional, national or global environmental

condition (3.2.25)
3.2.35
area of concern

aspect of the natural environment (3.2.2), human health or resources of interest to society

3.3 Terms relating to environmental management system
3.3.1
environmental management system
EMS

part of the management system (3.1.4) used to manage environmental aspects (3.2.22), fulfil compliance

obligations (3.3.4), and address risks (3.1.5) and opportunities
3.3.2
environmental policy
policy (3.1.6) related to environmental performance (3.2.26)
3.3.3
environmental objective

objective (3.1.7) set by the organization (3.1.1) and consistent with its environmental policy (3.3.2)

3.3.4
compliance obligation

legal requirements that an organization (3.1.1) has to comply with and other requirements (3.1.13) that

an organization has to or chooses to comply with
3.3.5
maturity level

level of achievement in a scale of maturity of environmental management system (3.3.1) elements

3.3.6
procedure
specified way to carry out an activity or a process (3.1.8)
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3.4 Terms relating to verification, validation and auditing
3.4.1
verification
conformity assessment

confirmation through the provision of objective evidence (3.4.33), that specified requirements (3.1.13)

have been fulfilled
3.4.2
verification team

one or more verifiers (3.4.4) conducting a verification (3.4.1), supported if needed by technical experts

(3.4.37)
3.4.3
verification body
body that performs verifications (3.4.1)
3.4.4
verifier

competent and independent person, or persons, with responsibility for performing and reporting on the

verification (3.4.1) process (3.1.8)
3.4.5
verification plan

planning document detailing the implementation of environmental technology verification (3.4.8)

3.4.6
verification report
document detailing environmental technology verification (3.4.8) and its results
3.4.7
environmental claim verification

confirmation of the validity of an environmental claim (3.7.4) using specific predetermined criteria and

procedures (3.3.6) with assurance of data reliability
3.4.8
environmental technology verification

verification (3.4.1) of the performance (3.1.11) of an environmental technology (3.4.10) by a verifier (3.4.4)

3.4.9
technology

application of scientific knowledge, tools, techniques, crafts or systems in order to solve a problem or to

achieve an objective (3.1.7) which can result in a product (3.5.2) or process (3.1.8)

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environmental technology

technology (3.4.9) that either results in an environmental added value (3.6.15) or measures parameters

that indicate an environmental impact (3.2.24)
3.4.11
applicant

organization (3.1.1) proposing a technology (3.4.9) for which performance (3.1.11) will be verified through

an environmental technology verification (3.4.8)
3.4.12
intrusive investigation
sampling and testing using instruments or requiring physical interference
3.4.13
professional scepticism
attitude that includes a questioning mind and a critical assessment of evidence
3.4.14
completeness check

process (3.1.8) to determine whether information from the phases of a life cycle assessment (3.6.2) is

sufficient for reaching conclusions in accordance with the goal and scope definition

3.4.15
consistency check

process (3.1.8) to determine whether the assumptions, methods and data are consistently applied

throughout the study and are in accordance with the goal and scope definition performed before

conclusions are reached
3.4.16
sensitivity check

process (3.1.8) to determine that the information obtained from a sensitivity analysis (3.6.19) is relevant

for reaching the conclusions and giving recommendations
3.4.17
test body

organization (3.1.1) providing an environment for testing, test implementation and means for

performing and reporting on the testing of an environmental technology (3.4.10)
3.4.18
test plan

planning document detailing the principles, test methods, conditions, procedures (3.3.6) and data quality

(3.6.42) required to carry out testing and to produce test data
3.4.19
test report
document describing conditions and results of testing
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validation

confirmation through the provision of objective evidence (3.4.33), that the requirements (3.1.13) for a

specific intended use or application have been fulfilled
3.4.21
validation team

one or more validators (3.4.23) conducting a validation (3.4.20), supported if needed by technical experts

(3.4.37)
3.4.22
validation body
body that performs validations (3.4.20)
3.4.23
validator

competent and independent person or persons with responsibility for performing a validation (3.4.20)

and reporting on the results of the validation
3.4.24
complaint

expression of dissatisfaction, other than appeal, by any person or organization (3.1.1) to another person

or organization, relating to its activities, where a response is expected
3.4.25
validation criteria

policy (3.1.6), procedure (3.3.6) or requirement (3.1.13) used as a reference against which evidence is

compared
3.4.26
level of assurance

degree of assurance the intended user requires in a validation (3.4.20) or verification (3.4.1)

3.4.27
conflict of interest

situation in which, because of other activities or relationships, impartiality in performing validation

(3.4.20) or verification (3.4.1) activities is or could be compromised
3.4.28
accreditation

third-party attestation related to a validation body (3.4.22), verification body (3.4.3) or a certification body

conveying formal demonstration of its competence (3.1.9) to carry out specific validation (3.4.20) or

verification (3.4.1) tasks
3.4.29
accreditation body
authority that performs accreditation (3.4.28)
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3.4.30
combined audit

audit (3.1.17) carried out together at a single auditee (3.4.35) on two or more management systems (3.1.4)

[SOURCE: ISO 19011:2018, 3.2]
3.4.31
joint audit

audit (3.1.17) carried out at a single auditee (3.4.35) by two or more auditing organizations (3.1.1)

[SOURCE: ISO 19011:2018, 3.3]
3.4.32
internal audit
audit (3.1.17) where the audit team (3.4.36) belongs to the auditee (3.4.35)
3.4.33
objective evidence
data supporting the existence or verity of something
[SOURCE: ISO 19011:2018, 3.8]
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