ISO 14000 - Environmental management

The ISO 14000 family addresses various aspects of environmental management. It provides practical tools for companies and organizations looking to identify and control their environmental impact and constantly improve their environmental performance. ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14004:2004 focus on environmental management systems. The other standards in the family focus on specific environmental aspects such as life cycle analysis, communication and auditing.

ISO and the environment

ISO 14001:2004

ISO 14001:2004 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It does not state requirements for environmental performance, but 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.

The benefits of using ISO 14001:2004 can include:

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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 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


The ISO 14000 family

A basic introduction to the ISO 14000 family of standards.

The integrated use of management system standards

This book provides organizations with guidance on how to integrate requirements of multiple ISO or non-ISO management system standards with their organization's management system.

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.


ISO 14001 helps meet legal requirements and improve environmental performance but new version should take a broader perspective - users say

A recent survey of the environmental management system standard ISO 14001 covering its future content and its current benefits, which received over 5000 responses, found that it is particularly useful in meeting legal requirements and improving environmental performance. However, a clearer focus on preventing pollution, eco efficiency and life cycle thinking should be provided in the next version of the standard.

Stop food waste with ISO standards on World Environment Day!

Each year, 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted. This is equivalent to the total production of sub-Saharan Africa. “Think. Eat. Save.”, the theme of this year’s World Environment Day (5 June), aims to combat food waste and loss, and encourage all of us to reduce our "foodprint". ISO standards can help us achieve this goal.

Additional Resources

In September 2009 ISO dedicated its ISO Focus magazine to environmental issues.

ISO Focus, September 2009

Going green

ISO Focus September 2009