Standardisation work on environmental management systems takes place on an international level to address wide-ranging environmental issues of global relevance. It provides different tools supporting the transition towards more sustainable practices at different levels and within all types of organisations. The international standards produced impact several policy areas of the EU, including the EU’s Product Environmental Footprint Process, the EU Ecolabelling Policies or the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). International standards should ensure consistent, transparent and reliable environmental management systems and robust environmental performance evaluation such as Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) that take all environmental aspects into account.

Our goal is to ensure that international standards for environmental management are ambitious, comprehensive and properly address environmental impacts of products and processes.


  • Discuss the future of international LCA standards and promote transparent and unbiased LCA methods that provide a strong basis for environmentally informed choices
  • Contribute to the development of an international standard describing how any organisation, especially small ones, can gradually implement ISO 14001, the most well-known environmental management system worldwide
  • Promote the implementation of ambitious environmental management systems within the EU, such as EMAS

ECOS contributes to:

  • ISO/TC 207: Environmental management

DSC_0466For more details on ECOS’ participation in the standardisation of environmental management, please contact:

Mathilde Crêpy – Programme Manager