UK Remains 4th in ISO League Table



New data published by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) shows an increase of 8% of ISO 14001 certificates issued over the last year.

To date, there are 319,324 ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Standard) certificates issued worldwide. The data published shows a year-on increase of over 25,000 certificates between 2014 and 2015. The impressive uptake of ISO 14001 comes just a year after a revised version of the environmental focused standard was published, with a total 17,824 ISO 14001 certified organisations in the United Kingdom.

ISO 14001 is the worlds most commonly used Environmental Management Standard – with certifications in 201 countries – helping businesses improve their environmental performance, while reducing costs, overheads and wastage. You can learn the range of benefits of implementing ISO 14001 on our dedicated service page.

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We’re pleased to confirm that the UK has held its position as 4th in the global ‘league table’, with a total of 17,824 awarded certificates in circulation. The latest report from ISO confirms that we’re following China (114,303), Japan (26,069) and Italy (22,350).

A green decade

Uptake of ISO 14001 in the United Kingdom has increased by 194% over the last decade. But why should companies be ISO 14001 certified? Well, using ISO 14001:2015 can provide assurance to company management, employees, external stakeholders, clients and prospects that environmental impact is being measured and improved. Moreover, 69% of BAB clients have cited that certification has helped them compete for, win and retain business. A further 50% said that implementation led to process improvements, resulting in cost reductions.

The stats below show how ISO 14001’s popularity has boomed since 2005;

  • 2005: 6,055
  • 2006: 6,070
  • 2007: 7,323
  • 2008: 9,455
  • 2009: 10,912
  • 2010: 14,346
  • 2011: 15,231
  • 2012: 15,883
  • 2013: 16,879
  • 2014: 16,557
  • 2015: 17,824

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IEMA’s Chief Policy Advisor and the UK’s appointed expert to ISO 14001’s committee, Martin Baxter, stated: “8% annual growth in ISO 14001 accredited certification shows that Environmental Management Systems remain a key business performance tool for improving performance. This is particularly important as companies transition to the new EMS standard, which raises the bar on the expectations it sets for how organisations manage their environmental performance, and will lead to a positive outcome for businesses around the world.”

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