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 14001:2015 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, communications, labelling and life cycle analysis, as well as environmental challenges such as climate change.

The ISO 14000 family of standards are developed by ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 207 and its various subcommittees. For a full list of published standards in the series see their standards catalogue.

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  • ISO 14001:2015
    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 14001:2015

ISO 14001:2015 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 14001:2015 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.

Learn more about the benefits of ISO 14001:2015.

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 has been revised

Learn more about the key changes and the revision process here.

Discover the new ISO 14001.

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Learn more about the key changes to ISO 14001 and the revision process.

Get an overview of ISO 14001:2015 and its benefits in this handy powerpoint presentation.

A guide to getting started with ISO 14001.

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In this issue we ask the top experts for the latest information and advice on the newly revised management system standards.


The ISO 14000 family

A basic introduction to the ISO 14000 family of standards.

ISO International Standards practical tools for addressing climate change

An overview of some of the ways in which ISO standards help organizations address climate change.

Environmental labels and declarations

This brochure will help to understand how a simple set of rules and guidelines can ensure that environment claims made on products or labels can be trusted.


New ISO tool to help cutting-edge green technologies reach markets

ISO has just published a new standard to help companies that are developing innovative environmental technologies reach new markets. ISO 14034:2016, Environmental management - Environmental technology verification (ETV), will provide independent verification of the performance of new environmental technologies. This will help manufacturers prove the reliability of their performance claims and help technology purchasers identify innovations that suit their needs.

ISO standards lead action for COP22

The 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7 to 18 November 2016.

ISO 14001 experts win technical excellence award

The group of experts that develops ISO 14001, the world's most recognized framework for environmental management systems, has been awarded the Lawrence D. Eicher Award for excellence in technical work.

Additional Resources

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

ISOfocus, July-August 2014

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ISOfocus July/Augut 2014