Climate change

Climate change is the major environmental challenge of our time. Global action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as adapt to the changes that cannot be avoided. ISO International Standards can help tackle climate change in a number of ways.

For example, we have standards that:

To find out more about greenhouse gas standards and how they help fight climate change, see the website of TC/207 SC7.

On this page you will find topical information, news articles and other resources about ISO standards and climate change.

Find more standards on climate change

ISO International Standards are developed by groups of experts called technical committees (TCs) and sub-committees (SCs), each focusing on a specific subject. The TCs and SCs focusing on different aspects of climate change include:

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ISO International Standards practical tools for addressing climate change

An overview of some of the ways in which ISO standards help organizations address climate change.

GHG schemes addressing climate change

This brochure provides an overview of the different GHG schemes and describes the practical role that standards such as ISO 14064 can play.

The ISO 14000 family

A basic introduction to the ISO 14000 family of standards.

Useful articles

Leading global collaboration in climate change standards

by Garry Lambert

ISO is collaborating globally to update and extend its climate change standards and help the world minimize and adapt to the effects of climate change.

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How ISO standards can help act against climate change

by Sandrine Tranchard

COP 21, the annual Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has started and this year’s talks and negotiations are particularly vital to the future of climate change, as they represent a critical opportunity for a global agreement to limit global warming to 2° C.

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Creating the bioenergy boom sustainably with ISO 13065

by Elizabeth Gasiorowski Denis

A new ISO standard that helps assess the sustainability of products and processes related to bioenergy has a huge potential to tackle climate change, promote energy security and foster sustainable development.

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Fighting the fossil fuel challenge

Energy efficiency is one of the most effective ways of tackling climate change. But with energy consumption on the rise, what can be done ? Here, Brian Motherway, Head of Energy Efficiency at the International Energy Agency (IEA), tells us how standards are essential tools in driving our use of energy down.

Green logistics delivering to your door

As the movement of goods around the globe increases to sustain our modern economy, so do the logistics costs and environmental impacts. Happily, large-scale harmonization is now underway to benchmark fuel consumption and reduce the emissions by freight shippers and carriers in the hope of shrinking the sector's growing carbon footprint.

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  • ISO 14001:2015
    Environmental management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use
  • ISO 14064-1:2006
    Greenhouse gases -- Part 1: Specification with guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals
  • ISO 14065:2013
    Greenhouse gases -- Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition

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