The primary objective of the ISO 14000 series of standards is to promote effective environmental management systems in organizations. The standards seek to provide cost-effective tools that make use of best practices for organizing and applying information about environmental management.
The ISO 14000 family was developed in response to a recognized industry need for standardization. With different organizational approaches to environmental management, comparisons of systems and collaboration had proved difficult.

ISO 14000 facts
ISO 14000 standards and practices can be applied to any organization, regardless of size or industry.
ISO 14001:2015 is the most popular standard of the ISO 14000 family, which also includes the following standards:

  • ISO 14004:2016 - Environmental Management Systems - General Guidelines On Implementation
  • ISO 14006:2011 - Environmental Management Systems - Guidelines For Incorporating Eco design
  • ISO 14015:2001 - Environmental Management - Environmental Assessment Of Sites And Organizations (EASO)
  • ISO 14020:2000 - Environmental Labels And Declarations - General Principles
  • ISO 14031:2013 - Environmental Management - Environmental Performance Evaluation - Guidelines
  • ISO 14040:2006 - Environmental Management - Life Cycle Assessment - Principles And Framework
  • ISO 14050:2009 - Environmental Management - Vocabulary
  • ISO 14063:2006 - Environmental Management - Environmental Communication - Guidelines And Examples
  • ISO 14064:2006 - Greenhouse Gases Standards
The first environmental management system standard, BS 7750, was published in 1992 by the BSI group.
In 1996, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) created the ISO 14000 family of standards.
The current revision of ISO 14001 was published in September 2015.
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To get started with ISO 14001:2015:
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