ISO 14005 - Guidelines for the phased implementation of an environmental management system, including the use of environmental performance evaluation


ISO 14005 was published in 2010. Following detailed consultation with National Standard Bodies (NSB) it was decided to revise the standard starting late 2016 and taking 2 years - fast track process.

The overall aim for the revised standard

Encourage and guide implementation of an EMS according to ISO 14001:2015

Increase uptake of ISO 14001 among SMEs and along the supply chain, using a phased approach

The approach

Two applications will be in focus:

  1. Starting from fragmented activities related to the improvement of environmental performance, develop the insight that a more structured and systematic approach regarding EMS is useful
  2. Assessing an existing EMS with regard to gaps vs. ISO 14001:2015, in business (suppliers due diligence, outsourced processes) or policy  (against other CSR or EMS approaches) context

The target audience for the revised standard

  • Organizations, especially small and medium sized, who do not yet have an EMS according to ISO 14001, and want to build it over time
  • Organizations who intend to move from ad-hoc solutions to a systematic approach for improving their Environmental footprint, thus saving cost and increase efficiency –starting with the most promising areas
  • Organizations who intend to fulfill increased requirements in respect of their supply chain and subcontractors
  • Politicians who intend to grant regulatory relief to organizations with a suitable EMS





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Dr. Wiebke Meister
Dr. Wiebke Meister
Secretary WG 9 – ISO 14005
DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung

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