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ISO 14000 - Environmental management

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

ISO 14001:2004 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, communications, labelling and life cycle analysis, as well as environmental challenges such as climate change.

ISO and the environment


ISO 14001 revision

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems is under review, with the final updated version expected by September 2015. Learn more about the proposed changes and where it is in the revision process.

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  • ISO 14001:2004
    Environmental management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use
  • ISO 14004:2004
    Environmental management systems -- General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques
  • ISO 14006:2011
    Environmental management systems -- Guidelines for incorporating ecodesign
  • ISO 14064-1:2006
    Greenhouse gases -- Part 1: Specification with guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals

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ISO 14001:2004

ISO 14001:2004 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization regardless of its activity or sector.

Using ISO 14001:2004 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.

There are more than 300,000 certifications to ISO 14001 in 171 countries around the world. Learn more about the ISO Survey of Certifications.

ISO 14001:2004 and SMEs

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) also benefit from ISO 14001:2004. However, implementing an environmental management system in SMEs can be challenging. The publication ISO 14001, Environmental Management Systems - An easy to use checklist for small business, will help SMEs to achieve the benefits of implementing an environmental management system based on ISO 14001.

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

An easy-to-use checklist for small business

Publications

The ISO 14000 family

A basic introduction to the ISO 14000 family of standards.

The integrated use of management system standards

This handbook provides guidance on integrating the requirements of multiple management system standards.

GHG schemes addressing climate change

This brochure provides an overview of the different GHG schemes and describes the practical role that standards such as ISO 14064 can play.

News archive

ISO 14001 revision moves to final stage

The revision of one of the world's most popular standards for environmental management, ISO 14001, has moved to Final Draft International Stage (FDIS). This means ISO members have until 2 September to vote and comment on the draft. Check out why the new version will be so much better.

New ISO technical specification to green civil engineering works

With building projects such as roads, bridges, canals and dams, civil engineering works are a feature of our landscape, leaving a trail of woes behind them. Yet if the construction industry is responsible for a large amount of waste and general pollution, it is also well known as the largest industrial employer. That's why, as a key driver in national economies, the building sector has the capacity to propose solutions that will contribute to sustainable development.

International music festival goes green

With up to 15 000 visitors a go, the Balélec Music Festival in Lausanne, Switzerland, was keen to keep sustainable. So it turned to ISO 20121 for solutions... and extraordinary results.

Additional Resources

In July/Augut 2014 ISO dedicated its ISOfocus magazine to environmental issues.

ISOfocus, July-August 2014

Green growth

ISOfocus July/Augut 2014