ISO 14000 Family of Standards
ISO 14000 is a series of standards developed by International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to address Environmental Management, or what you do to:
- Minimize your negative impact on the environment
- Continually improve your environmental performance
- View a complete list of ISO 14000 Standards
ISO 14000 environmental standards help organizations manage their environmental requirements and tie them into their overall business objectives. They fall into six categories (click for details):
- Environmental management systems
- Environmental auditing
- ISO 19011:2018 -auditing requirements of an EMS
- Environmental performance evaluation
- ISO 14064:2006 – Greenhouse gas measurement
- Environmental labeling
- Life-cycle assessment
- Environmental aspects in product standards
NOTE: Organizations do not register to ISO 14000 as a series, they ONLY register to ISO 14001:2015. The other documents will help an organization implement an EMS, audit properly, etc.
Within each category, there are two types of ISO 14000 standards:
- Requirements Standards – detailing the steps that must be taken to meet the standard. Companies only register to the requirements standards
- Guidance Standards – are descriptive documents intended to provide guidance only.
- All of the ISO 14000 series of generic standards (from ISO 14004 to ISO 14064) are guidance standards.
- These are recommended for organizations interested in ISO 14000:
Note: Depending on the nature of the business that organizations are involved in, some of the other standards listed may apply.