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.
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’.
ISO Standards we have responsibility for
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:
- assisting organization to manage the trade off between environmental issues by using a life cycle perspective and supply chain considerations;
- 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;
- 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
Technical support material including:
ISO 14008 - Ongoing work
ISO 14007 - Ongoing work
Revision of ISO 14005 - Ongoing work
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
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Thank you to Anne-Marie Warris for picture of sunset and tree roots used on website ©AnneMarieWarris
Thank you to each for suppling pictures of themselves Mike Henigan; Noer Wardojo; Katherina Wührl; Knut Jonassen; Anne-Marie Warris