ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Revision

ISO’s leading environmental management system standard, ISO 14001:2105 is now open for public comment!

Changes are ahead for the approximately 250,000 companies worldwide, which are certified according to the most popular environmental management system standard.  The revision of ISO 14001, is now open for public comment (DIS stage), with an updated version due by the end of 2015.

Why is ISO 14001 being revised?

All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required to keep it current and relevant for the marketplace. The future ISO 14001:2015 will respond to these changes along with the publication of the ISO 9001:2015 standard.

What will be the main changes to the standard?

The new version will include a requirement to understand the organization’s context in order to better manage risk, with more emphasis made on leaders within organizations to promote environmental management. In addition there will be a shift towards improving environmental performance rather than improving the management system.

The primary objectives of the new ISO 14001:2015 include:

  • ƒƒImproving the connection between environmental and business priorities.
  • Increased transparency and accountability in environmental management.
  • Highlighting the positive contribution of environmental management system standards.
  • Clarification of the requirements for an improvement in environmental performance.
  • Establishment of ISO 14001, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises.

A full information sheet can be viewed here.

How can I find out more and get involved?

Anyone with expertise or experience to offer can comment. Please submit all contributions and comments via your national member body.  The draft version of ISO 14001:2015 is now available for purchase.

Watch for our future ISO 14001:2015 webinars and workshops. 

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