Sustainability British Standards


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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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Sustainable free Events Guide available for download 


A comprehensive new guide to sustainable event management is now available to download for free.

Our 28-page guide is designed to help organizations of any size in any sector to improve the sustainability of the events they run. All events have the potential to be managed in a more sustainable way and this guide offers an effective introduction to event sustainability management. 

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Improving your Environmental Management System

Putting an environmental management system (EMS) at the heart of your organization’s operations can help you to meet environmental regulations, and improve efficiency and environmental performance.

We have standards that can help you to improve your process and outcomes.

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ISO 14001, the world's foremost standard for environmental management, 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.

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

BS ISO 44001:2017 Collaborative business relationship management systems

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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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Key Standards for Sustainability

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

BS 3882:2015
Specification for topsoil

BS ISO 20400:2017
Principles and framework for procuring sustainably. Guide

BS 8900-2:2013

Managing sustainable development of organizations. Framework for assessment against BS 8900-1. Specification

BS ISO 20121:2012
Specification for a sustainable event management system with guidance for use

BS EN 13430:2004

Packaging. Requirements for packaging recoverable by material recycling 

Related Information

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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