A number of Resolve Group staff attended a recent presentation on Electric Vehicles (EVs) organised by ITS NZ at the UoA Business School. Discussions were held on the implications of a growing EV fleet on the way New Zealanders use roads and vehicles and how this may impact infrastructure and ITS systems.

Electric Vehicles (EVs) have the potential to make roads and private mobility much more sustainable, reducing carbon emissions and noise pollution. The number of EVs in New Zealand recently surpassed 1000 vehicles, and is set rise dramatically, as are the number of charging points.

Elizabeth Yeoman, GM Transport at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), promoted New Zealand as the ideal place for EVs, and suggested there are opportunities for New Zealand innovators to create complimentary technology. She presented data that showed that over a lifetime (including manufacture and disposal), while there is no significant difference in toxicity or resource depletion between EVs and internal combustion vehicles, there are some very significant other upsides: EVs produce 60% less CO2; they use 40% less energy, 50% less photochemical matter, and produce zero tailpipe emissions.

Steve West, CEO of Charge Net, a company installing charging stations for electric cars throughout the country, is already taking up the EECA challenge, and talked of the role complimentary infrastructure had in inspiring the uptake of EVs. With a plan to have over 100 stations across the country within three years, Charge Net cover installation costs and supply kit. They set up agreements with private organisations for use of land etc., and recover costs from users.

In combination with the improvement in capability of driverless cars, and the gradual uptake of shared vehicles and car sharing services, EVs are seen as a key element in reducing energy usage across the country.

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The ISO 9001 standard is undergoing the periodic revision standards generally go through every 3 to 5 years to ensure they are relevant and up-to-date. The new version of the standard, expected to be published in September 2015, will feature some important changes.

ISO 9001 is an internationally recognised standard that has been designed to ensure organisations meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders while also meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to the company’s products and services. ISO 9001 was developed and published by ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation), which is an independent, non-governmental membership organisation and the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. Over one million organisations worldwide are independently certified to this quality standard, making ISO 9001 one of the most widely used management tools in the world today. Our QA Manager, Nigel Griffith, has written a short document summarising the responsibilities of having a Quality Management System, and giving an overview of what the general requirements of being ISO certified are. You can download a PDF of Nigel’s ISO 9001 and Quality Management Systems here.

The impact of this revision will mean some changes for accreditation bodies, certification bodies, training organisations, implementing organisations, procurement organisations, consultants and customers. Organisations already certified to ISO 9001:2008 will have three years to transition to the new standard.

What are the changes to the new standard?

Most of the requirements remain unchanged although some of the terminology will be slightly different and ISO has introduced a common structure that will align with other management system standards such as ISO 14001, Environmental Management Systems (reviewed this year).

The biggest change is the need to take a risk based approach to quality management, which is expected to be beneficial to many organisations.

Smaller organisations and service companies will find the new standard simpler to comply with as it will be less prescriptive; there is a definite move from being required to have a quality manual to having ‘documented information’ that demonstrates systems and processes.