ISO 14001 – Environmental Management Systems, the world’s first international environmental standard has been helping thousands of organizations to improve their environmental, sustainability and operational performance since it was first published as BS 7750 in 1992.

To ensure that ISO 14001 continue to serve organizations and maintain its relevance in today’s market place, the standard has been revised. The new standard addresses the change in environmental practices, and ensures that the management system is future proof.

Companies, organizations and society have a global responsibility to grow without compromising resources for future generations. ISO 14001 was originally written with the environment in mind and that remains the priority for ISO 14001:2015.

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The ISO 14001 revision in more detail

Benefits of the new standard

Bringing the Environment and Continuous Improvement into the heart of your business

The revised standard will ensure that environmental management is now completely integrated and aligned with the business strategies of your organization. This strategic focus will result in optimizing the performance of your EMS making it more sustainable, saving money and helping preserve the world’s resources for future generations.


Greater involvement in the management system by the leadership team will ensure the whole organization will be motivated towards the organizations goals and objectives.

Improved Environmental Performance

Organizations will need to take steps to protect the environment and improve environmental performance. Good environmental management will reduce the risk of regulatory fines and can often identify opportunities to save money.

An Integrated Approach

With the new structure applicable to all new ISO management systems standards it wll be much easier to implement multiple, integrated management systems.

Revision in more detail

The new standard expected in September 2015, will be based on Annex SL – the new high level structure (HLS) that brings a common framework to all management system standards. This helps to keep consistency, alignment different management system standards, offer matching sub-clauses against the top-level structure and apply common language across all standards.

The key changes in the proposed standard are:

  • The emphasis on leadership
  • The focus on risk management
  • Emphasis on objectives measurement and change
  • Communication and awareness
  • Fewer prescriptive requirements

With the new standard in place, organizations will find it easier to incorporate their environmental  management system into the core business processes and gain greater business benefits


Introducing Annex SL Whitepaper

Get a better understanding of Annex SL - the new high level structure for management system.

ISO Revisions Whitepaper - The Importance of Leadership in the new ISO revisions

Understand how leadership is being incorporated into today’s new ISO standards, and the value this will bring.

ISO 14001 Whitepaper - Background and update to the 2015 revision

With a revision for 2015 underway, this whitepaper looks at the history of the standard, how it has developed over the years and the changes companies can expect to see in ISO 14001:2015.

ISO DIS 14001:2014 Whitepaper - Understanding the proposed changes

With the key changes in the proposed standard for 2014 based on the Draft International Standard, published in May 2014, this Whitepaper looks at those changes in detail, the timeline and what you can do now to prepare.

ISO 14001:2015 Revision - Frequently Asked Questions

Here we aim to address those initial questions that you may have as your begin your journey towards the revised standard.

ISO Revisions Whitepaper - Benefits of an early transition

This whitepaper gives an overview of the benefits to your business when transitioning early to the new ISO revisions

I’m interested in certifying to ISO 14001. What should I do?

ISO 14001:2004 is still valid and companies will still benefit from implementing and certifying against it. Certification to ISO 14001:2004 will be allowed for a period of time following the publication of the new version of the standard expected 2015, which will be determined by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS), expected to be a couple of years.

Return to our ISO 14001 pages to see why it is so valuable and how we can help you to become certified.

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I’m currently certified to ISO 14001. What do I need to do?

Once the revised standard has been published in 2015, BSI will support you through the process. A transition period will be set and we will provide you with guidelines and training to help you make this as smooth as possible.

Part of the reason that BSI is the first choice provider for certification is that we will support you through standard revisions, helping you to understand how the changes affect – and benefit – your organization.