BS EN ISO 14004:2016 Environmental management systems. General guidelines on implementation

BS EN ISO 14004:2016

Environmental management systems. General guidelines on implementation

Status : Current, Under review   Published : March 2016
Conformity to regulation : Designated



What is this standard about?

BS EN ISO 14004 provides further guidance on how to implement an Environmental Management System (EMS). It can stand alone as a standard or be used with the best-selling BS EN ISO 14001 as a sister guidance document. 

Who is this standard for? 

  • Any organization, large or small, interested in implementing an EMS
  • Environmental/sustainability sector

Why should you use this standard? 

Organizations today are under constant pressure to improve their impact on the environment. To do this, they need a systematic approach to help them establish and continuously improve their Environmental Management System (EMS).

The recently revised ISO 14004:2016 helps organizations of all types and sizes to establish and boost their environmental performance and coordinate this with smoother management operations. ISO 14004 looks at all the relevant elements of an EMS to help organizations with their decision making. It also explains factors that should be taken into account during environmental policy formation, as well as the planning stages.

The standard includes practical guidelines on the successful implementation and operation of an environmental management system, performance testing and doing management reviews. Thanks to its high level of detail, it can provide particular support to those who might have less resources or feel uncertain about where to start. 

What’s changed since the last update?

  • The 2016 update is a major revision to ensure that this standard continues to serve organizations and maintain its relevance in today’s market place, while meeting the environmental challenges of the future 
  • It contains in-depth information on the recent changes to BS EN ISO 14001
  • It includes greater emphasis on objectives and targets
  • It features new help boxes
  • In includes a greater consideration of entire lifecycles

Standard NumberBS EN ISO 14004:2016
TitleEnvironmental management systems. General guidelines on implementation
StatusCurrent, Under review
Publication Date31 March 2016
Conformity to regulationDesignated
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)ISO 14005, ISO 14046, ISO 14024, ISO/TR 14062, ISO 14044:2006, ISO 50001, ISO 14021, ISO/TS 14033, ISO 14063, ISO 14040, ISO 19011:2011, ISO 14045, ISO 14006, ISO Guide 73:2009, ISO 26000, ISO 14031:2013, ISO 14020, ISO 14025, ISO/TS 14067, EU Directive 765/2008, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 31000:2018
ReplacesBS EN ISO 14004:2010
International RelationshipsISO 14004:2016,EN ISO 14004:2016,EN ISO 14004
Draft Superseded By15/30263813 DC
DescriptorsDocuments, Management techniques, Performance, Emergency measures, Performance testing, Official documents, Systemology, Reports, Training, Environmental management, Policy formation, Policy, Decision-making, Environmental engineering, Systems analysis, Problem-solving, Assessed quality, Legal liability, Management operations, Management, Planning
Title in FrenchSystèmes de management environnemental. Lignes directrices générales pour la mise en application
Title in GermanUmweltmanagementsysteme. Allgemeiner Leitfaden über Grundsätze, Systeme und unterstützende Methoden
ISBN978 0 580 79063 8
File Size1.939 MB

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