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 and ISO 14006, see below for more detail.

ISO 14001:2015 will be published on 15 September 2015. Find News and our published and current projects in the right hand column.  

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 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!

What changed in ISO 14001:2015?

The main changes in ISO 14001 are:

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

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


Published projects

ISO 14001:2015

ISO 14005:2010

ISO 14006:2011

Survey of ISO 14001 users

ISO 14001:2015

Technical support material

Workshop on main changes - slides

Main changes as a PDF

Terms and Definitions

Mapping ISO 14001:2015 to ISO 14001:2004

Other support material

Linking ISO 14001 to the wider perspective

Current projects 

ISO 14004 revision

How does ISO 14001 support environmental challenges?

Upcoming material

How do environmental standards fit together?

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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