Who are we?
We are the ISO sub-committee with responsibility for ISO 14001 - the international standard for environmental management system - and other supporting standards, such as ISO 14002-1, ISO 14004, ISO 14005, ISO 14006, ISO 14007, ISO 14008, ISO 14009, ISO 14053 and under development ISO 14002-2 and see below for more detail.
ISO 14001:2015 was published on 15 September 2015 and ISO 14004:2016 on 1 March 2016. For more information see News and our published and current projects. Support for ISO 14001, transition webinar and ISO 14001 workshop material, interpretations can be found by clicking on links
The committee's creative and innovative work was recognised in September 2016 when it was awarded the ISO Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award.
Our vision and mission
We are responsible for standardization in the field of environmental management systems to support the achievement of ‘sustainability’.
Our focus is to develop and maintain standards in the field of environmental management systems that meet stakeholder needs, are market based and support ‘sustainability’.
We are recognized as the world leader in the development of environmental management system standards that supports ‘sustainability’.
Our standards are recognized nationally and internationally by users and other stakeholders as the environmental management standards of choice.
Our operating principles help guide our work as does our Business Plan
How does our standards support ISO 14001?
The SC1 Work Programme focus is on its core standard ISO 14001 and four key components to support users of ISO 14001, in relation to:
- overall understanding and implementation as exemplified by ISO 14004 and SME /staged implementation as in ISO 14005
- evaluating consequences of environmental aspects as exemplified by ISO 14002-1 and its other parts
- policy and organizational elements such as those related to sustainable use of resources as exemplified by ISO 14006 and ISO 14009 NWIP related to eco-design and material circulation
- evaluating strategic and monetary (financial) consequences as exemplified by ISO 14007 and ISO 14008
ISO Standards we have responsibility for
ISO 14001 Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use
ISO 14002-1 Environmental management systems - Guidelines for applying the ISO 14001 framework to environmental aspects and environmental conditions by environmental topic areas
ISO 14002-2 (under development) Environmental management systems — Guidelines for using ISO 14001 to address environmental aspects and conditions within an environmental topic area — Part 2: Water
ISO 14004 Environmental management systems – General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques
ISO 14005 Environmental management systems – Guidelines for a flexible approach to phased implementation
ISO 14006 Environmental management systems – Guidelines for incorporating ecodesign
ISO 14007 Environmental management - Determining Environmental Costs and Benefits — Guidance
ISO 14008 Monetary valuation of environmental impacts from specific emissions and use of natural resources
ISO 14009 Guidelines for incorporating redesign of products and components to improve material circulation
ISO 14053 Material flow cost accounting — Guidance for phased implementation in organizations
How does ISO 14001 link with other TC207 standards?
SC1 Communiqué January 2023
Information about changes to ISO 14001:2015
Frequently Asked Questions and
is available including PDF versions of website information
Supporting environmental and business challenges
UN Sustainable Development Goals - can ISO standards help? Yes!
Climate change how ISO 14001 helps including with adaptation
How ISO 14001 Support Value Creation in Business
What ISO TC207 standards can add detail to ISO 14001
Challenges for Environmental Management Systems
ISO 14002-2 - Ongoing work
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