Who are we?  

We are the ISO sub-committee with responsibility for ISO 14001 - the international standard for environmental management - and other supporting standards, such as ISO 14004, ISO 14005, ISO 14006 and under development ISO 14007 and  ISO 14008 see below for more detail.

ISO 14001:2015 was published on 15 September 2015 and ISO 14004:2016 on 1 March 2016. Find News and our published and current projects in the right hand column.  

The committee's creative and innovative work was recognised in September 2016 when it was awarded the ISO Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award.

ISO 14001:2015 what changed?

There is information about changes in ISO 14001:2015, Frequently Asked Questions (based on the decisions made by the experts developing ISO 14001:2015) as well as other support material available

The main changes in ISO 14001 are:

  • Strategic Environmental Management
  • Leadership 
  • Protecting the environment 
  • Environmental performance 
  • Lifecycle perspective 
  • Communication 
  • Documentation 


Our vision and mission

cartoon on people and PDCAWe 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 

ISO Standards we have responsibility for

ISO 14001 Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use

ISO 14004 Environmental management systems – General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques

ISO 14005 (under revision) Environmental management systems – Guidelines for the phased implementation of an environmental management system, including the use of environmental performance evaluation

ISO 14006 Environmental management systems – Guidelines for incorporating ecodesign

ISO 14007 (under development) Environmental management - Determining Environmental Costs and Benefits — Guidance

ISO 14008 (under development) Monetary valuation of environmental impacts from specific emissions and use of natural resources

ISO 14001:2015 - my view of the future

ISO 14001 celebrate its 20 year birthday in 2016 having first been published in 1996. It has matured and fulfilled the potential inherent in a standard which sets out how to manage all environmental issues be they water, air, climate change or others in a ‘holistic’ manner.

In the next 20 years I foresee ISO 14001:

  1. assisting organization to manage the trade off between environmental issues by using a life cycle perspective and supply chain considerations;
  2. becoming the tool of choice for organizations to integrate environmental issues and dependencies such as water use into the business strategic thinking, actions and plans;
  3. continuing to be the valued by significant number of users (in excess of 70%) for improving the organization’s environmental performance, providing a competitive advantage and continuing to meet legal requirements

Consensus building and hard work by all Working Group experts and leadership resulted in over 98% of ISO national standard bodies approving the 2015 edition of the standard in September 2015


ISO 14001:2015

Technical support material including:

Frequently Asked Questions

Workshop on main changes - slides

Main changes


Life-cycle perspective in ISO 14001

Outsourced Processes in ISO 14001

Terms and Definitions (PDF)

Mapping ISO 14001:2015 to ISO 14001:2004 (PDF)

Users views

Survey of ISO 14001 users

Current projects 

ISO 14008 - Ongoing work

ISO 14007 - Ongoing work

Revision of ISO 14005 - Ongoing work


Our standards support environmental challenges

UN Sustainable Development Goals - can ISO 14001 help?

Sustainability and ISO 14001

How ISO 14001 include climate change mitigation and adaptation

Other ISO standards that can add detail and support to ISO 14001


Published projects

ISO 14001:2015

ISO 14004:2016

ISO 14006:2011

Want to get involved?

Standards are developed by the people who need them – that could mean you. Technical committees include experts from both standards and industry and these experts are put forward by ISO’s national members. If you want to help shape future standards in your field, contact your national member


Mike Henigan
Mike Henigan
Secretary to ISO/TC 207/SC 1

+44 (0) 20 8996 7298


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