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.
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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.
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 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
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
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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