Sustainability British Standards



The important area of sustainability focuses on developing procedures and ways of working that do not produce negative environmental effects or impossibly high costs to those involved. It works towards providing for the needs of the world's current population without damaging the ability of future generations. Issues such as climate change, energy and waste are just a few of the key areas of concern.

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Visit our new Sustainability Standards Navigator to help you find the sustainability standards that you need.

ISO 14001 has changed

ISO 14001 has been reviewed and edited by a committee of industry experts to make sure it maintains its relevance in today’s marketplace. The new version of ISO 14001 is now available. 

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We have also updated ISO 14004 Environmental management systems. General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques which includes practical guidelines on the successful implementation and operation of an environmental management system, performance testing and doing management reviews. ISO 14004 is expected to publish at the beginning of 2016 and is now available to pre-order.

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To find out more about the revision, please click here.

BS 8485:2015 - Code of practice for the design of protective measures for methane and carbon dioxide ground gases for new buildings 

BS 8485 has been rewritten and much expanded - from 19 pages to 94. It includes clearer guidance on interpreting gas monitoring data and selecting membranes, changes to gas protection scores, and many other new features.

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Sustainability for and by Information Communications Technology (ICT) White paper

This white paper describes the problem of energy growth and considers the carbon-reducing solutions that some ICT applications make possible. It raises the question of the future traffic of the internet and possible regulation, access, pricing, taxation or even bandwidth limitation. We hope that it stimulates debate surrounding the value of the digital services that the internet provides.

BS 8878:2010  Web Accessibility. Code of Practice

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Standards for Sustainability

BS 8584:2015
Biodiversity. Guidance for businesses on managing the risks and opportunities

BS 3882:2015
Specification for topsoil

BS 8903:2010
Principles and framework for procuring sustainably. Guide

Specification for the demonstration of carbon neutralityPAS 2060

Specification for the demonstration of carbon neutrality


BS 8900:2006
Guidance for managing sustainable development

BS 8901:2009
Specification for a sustainable event management system with guidance for use

Making Events More Sustainable: A Guide to BS 8901Making Events More Sustainable: A Guide to BS 8901
Phil Cumming and Fiona Pelham

Read more about the guide for events managers and anyone supplying the events industry.

PAS 55-1:2008
Asset management. Specification for the optimized management of physical assets

BS EN 13430:2004
Packaging. Requirements for packaging recoverable by material recycling 

Supporting Sustainability Books:

A Handbook for Sustainable Development.
A companion to BS 8900 'Guidance for managing sustainable development


Managing Risk and Resilience in the Supply Chain 

Miles Watkins on Aggregate - ISO 26000

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Read more about eco design and how to comply with the Eco-design Directive (2005/32/EC)

Have your say. Use the new BSI Draft Review system.

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Get involved with BS 10175 Investigation of potentially contaminated sites. Code of practice

BSI is looking for an industry expert to write the revision of BS 10175. The revision of the standard will be fully funded by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

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