Standard for Ecodesign

ISO has published a new standard in the ISO 14000 family designed to help organizations reduce the adverse environmental impacts of their products and services.

Every product or service has an impact on the environment during all stages of its lifecycle, from extraction of resources to end-of-life treatment. The goal of ecodesign is to integrate environmental aspects into the design and development of products and services to reduce their environmental impacts and continually improve their environmental performance. The result: cleaner products and services and a greener planet.

ISO 14006:2011, Environmental management systems – Guidelines for incorporating ecodesign, gives “how to” guidance to product and service organizations on incorporating ecodesign into any environmental, quality, or similar management system.

It will help organizations establish, document, implement, maintain, and continually improve their management of ecodesign as part of an environmental management system. It applies to those environmental aspects of an organization’s products and/or services over which it has control or influence.

Integrating ecodesign offers several advantages:

  • Economic benefits in terms of increased competitiveness, cost reduction, and attraction of financing and investments
  • Promotion of innovation and creativity, as well as, identification of new business models
  • Reduction in liability through reduced environmental impacts and improved product knowledge
  • Improved public image
  • Enhancement of employee motivation

ISO 14006:2011 is applicable to any organization, regardless of their size, geographical location, culture, or the complexity of their management systems, and no matter how simple or complex the product or service.

The new standard is intended to be used primarily by organizations that have implemented an environmental management system (EMS) according to ISO 14001, whether or not they have a quality management system (QMS) based on ISO 9001. It can also be useful for other organizations without a formalized EMS or QMS, but that are interested in reducing the adverse environmental impacts of their products.

You can order the ISO 14006:2011 standard at this web page of the ANSI e-Standards Store.