Environmental Management Systems

Environmental management systems is a sub-theme of environmental management.

An environmental management system (EMS) is a business system for organizations to help them manage their environmental risks and opportunities. It allows organizations to determine significant environmental aspects and impact, meet legal requirements, recognize interested parties and generally create a well-planned management system that can bring benefits to the organization.



Environmental management systems standards are recognized good practice, and lay out a way to create a viable management system and integrate environmental awareness and actions into other management systems standards, such as ISO 9001. The standards cover all sizes and types of organizations and levels of complexity, including specialized standards to help with implementation.


Links to standards related to Environmental Management Systems

BS EN ISO 14001

Environmental management systems. Requirements with guidance for use.

BS EN ISO 9001

Quality management systems. Requirements.

BS EN ISO 14004

Environmental management systems. General guidelines on implementation.

BS EN ISO 14051

Environmental management. Material flow cost accounting. General framework.

BS EN ISO 14044

Environmental management. Life cycle assessment. Requirements and guidelines.

BS EN ISO 14025

Environmental labels and declarations. Type III environmental declarations. Principles and procedures.

BS 8555

Environmental management systems. Guide to the phased implementation of an environmental management system including the use of environmental performance evaluation.

BS 65000

Guidance on organizational resilience.

BS EN ISO 22301

Societal security. Business continuity management systems. Requirements. 


Links to other related materials and standards in development

BIP 2038

Environmental due diligence. A guide to ISO 14015. The role of environmental assessment in environmental due diligence.

BS ISO 26000

Guidance on Social Responsibility.

ISO/NP 45001  

Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements. This is in development. Contact us to find out more.