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Environmental Monitoring & Technology: Laws and Standards

Environmental Defender's Office - WA

Environmental Impact Assessment (State)

Projects that are likely to have significant environmental impacts are required to undergo environmental impact assessment under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) (the EP Act).

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is an independent five member authority established under the EP Act and charged with advising the Minister for the Environment on environmental protection.

Proponents need to identify potential environmental impacts early in the planning process, and devote time and resources to environmental surveys and investigations for inclusion in the environmental review document.

The EPA encourages proponents to consult early with State and local government authorities and interested members of the public. This ensures that stakeholders are informed, and allows proponents to respond to issues and make appropriate adjustments to their proposals during planning and design.

While DEC has the primary role in administering Environmental Impact Assessment processes, other departments (such as Health and Indigenous Affairs) play a significant role in providing advice that contributes to the recommendations of the EPA and the decision of the Minister.

Source: Government of Western Australia, Department of State Development

Laws to protect and preserve the environment

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Environmental legislation in Australia includes Acts, policies and regulations developed and implemented at a local, state and federal government level, each with its own jurisdiction. The federal government implements International or global agreements and treaties.

Commonwealth legislation

WA State legislation

Local government area legislation

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Key ISO standards

ISO 9000:2006 - Quality management systems - Fundamentals and vocabulary

ISO 14001:2004 - Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use

ISO 26000:2010 - Guidance on social responsibility Preview

ISO 50001:2011 - Energy management systems - Requirements with guidance for use

ISO 50002:2014 -  Energy  audits - Requirements with guidance for use  

ISO/DIS 50003 - Energy management systems - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of energy management systems  

ISO/DIS 50004 - Energy management systems - Guidance for the implementation, maintenance and improvement of an energy management system     

ISO/DIS 50006 - Energy management systems - Measuring energy performance using energy baselines (EnB) and energy performance indicators (EnPI) - General principles and guidance

ISO/FDIS 50015 - Energy management systems - Measurement and verification of energy performance of organizations - General principles and guidance

ISO 14000 & 14001

Environmental Management: The ISO family of International Standards

The ISO 14000 family of standards provides practical tools for companies and organizations of all kinds looking to manage their environmental responsibilities.

ISO 14001:2015 and its supporting standards such as ISO 14006:2011 focus on environmental systems to achieve this. The other standards in the family focus on specific approaches such as audits and communications, as well as environmental challenges such as climate change.

The ISO 14000 and 14001 information booklets are available at the ISO 14000 page.

Other useful links and documents giving information or analysis can be found below. ISO 14001 was revised in 2015, see a summary of changes made here.  

Some documents below address limitations of ISO 14000/14001 prior to 2015. Have the revisions in the 2015 edition addressed the concerns raised?

Summary and assessment documents

Looking for environmental management and related standards?

This easy to understand guide points you to numerous standards that relate to energy efficiency. Topics include environmental management - including certification and guidelines, environmental assessments, and life cycle assessments - and risk management, OH&S management.

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