ISO 14001 / Nature of impact
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While implementing an environmental management system an organization determine its environmental aspects:
Environmental aspects are the ways an organization interacts with the environment.
For example, consider from the example above the environmental aspect related with wastewater discharge.
Organization A discharges wastewater in a river, after treatment in a wastewater treatment facility, and the wastewater quality is according to legislation and permit.
Organization B discharges wastewater in a river, without treatment in a wastewater treatment facility, and the wastewater quality is not according to legislation and permit.
Same environmental aspect, different consequences for the environment. An environmental impact considers the consequences of a particular aspect for the environment.
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