Global uptake of ISO14001 doubles in six months

Uptake of ISO14001, the international environmental management standard, is increasing steadily. The total number of certificates world-wide now exceeds 4,000, and Japan, the UK and Germany still dominate with nearly half of the certificates issued. The USA is lagging far behind, but the standard is set to receive a boost as IBM promotes it along its supply chain.

ISO14001 was finalised towards the end of 1996. Last October, an ENDS survey showed that about 2,300 certificates to the standard had been issued globally after 12 months. More than 300 had been awarded in the UK, Japan and Germany, but the Netherlands and Switzerland had the highest numbers in terms of population (ENDS Report 273, p 3 

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