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:

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

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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

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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.

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Green logistics delivering to your door

by Sandrine Tranchard / Vivienne Rojas

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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A small island coping with climate change: Trinidad and Tobago

by Camille Toolsie

Like so many other small island states around the world, Trinidad and Tobago risks being severely affected by the devastating effects of climate change and must make mitigation measures a national priority. Even though miniscule in size and currently ranked 93 in the world in "absolute" greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), Trinidad and Tobago has taken on the challenge of addressing its responsibility to the international community.

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Future is bright for ISO's environment standards following recent meetings

by Katie Bird

ISO 14001 is one step closer to a new version following a week of meetings in Panama where experts discussed the environmental management system standard as well as other important documents dealing with greenhouse gas emissions and water footprint.

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Greenhouse gas emissions - ISO 14067 to enable worldwide comparability of carbon footprint data

In 2010, over 30 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide were released into the atmosphere worldwide - that is an enormous amount of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. The upcoming International Standard ISO 14067, Carbon footprint of products - Requirements and guidelines for quantification and communication, is being developed to increase transparency in quantifying and reporting CO2 emissions over the entire lifecycle of products and services - from production to recycling or waste disposal. The document is currently at the stage of Draft International Standard (DIS) and expected to be finalized for publication in March 2014.

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  • ISO 14001:2004
    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 14065:2007
    Greenhouse gases -- Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition

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