The worldwide première of a video clip on the International Standard ISO 14001 took place on 24 June in Beijing, China, at the opening of the 14th plenary meeting of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 207, which is responsible for the ISO 14000 family of environmental management standards.

ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden introduced the clip as one of a number of initiatives undertaken by ISO and its national members since last year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ISO 14001, the first standard in the family.

Launched in 1996 and republished as a new, improved version in 2004, ISO 14001 gives the requirements for an environmental management system (EMS), which is a tool for helping organizations to implement good environmental practice and to aim for continual improvement of their environmental performance. ISO 14001 has become the international benchmark for EMS, implemented in 138 countries and now thoroughly integrated with the global economy.

The video clip, ISO 14001 – the world's environmental management system standard, is a concise introduction developed by ISO Central Secretariat for launching at the Beijing meeting of ISO/TC 207 because the committee did not have a plenary meeting in the 10th anniversary year of 2006. The video clip can be downloaded free of charge from ISO's Web site. It is also available in high resolution on DVD for being shown in conference settings. The DVD version is also free, although postage and handling will be charged.

In addition to the video clip, a special report on the worldwide impact of ISO 14001 is published in the May-June 2007 issue of ISO's magazine ISO Management Systems, including perspectives from past and present leaders of ISO/TC 207 and selected highlights of the standard's first decade. This issue of the magazine also includes an article on the efforts of the Chinese authorities to make the 2008 Beijing Olympics the "greenest ever", including the implementation of ISO 14001.

ISO has just launched an updated CD-ROM collection of the 23 standards (plus one draft) that currently make up the ISO 14000 family. They include new or updated standards for use in greenhouse gas accounting and verification programmes and emissions trading, environmental labelling, life cycle analysis and environmental communication.

The concept and script for the video clip ISO 14001 – the world's environmental management system standard were developed by Communication Services, Marketing and Communication, at ISO Central Secretariat. The video clip was produced by Freestudios (www.freestudios.ch). It is available in English only and has a run time of 5 min 7 sec.:

ISO 14001 - The world's environmental management system standard

ISO 14001 - The world's environmental management system standard

A concise film introducing ISO 14001 and the worldwide impact of the standard since it was launched in 1996. Available in English only.Run time: 5 min 7 sec.