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.

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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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Useful articles

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

by Herbert Hirner

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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Mitigating climate change - Solutions and strategies in carbon capture and storage

by Jeff Walker

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) needs to be more widely adopted if it is to assist with mitigating climate change. Since International Standards would help to spread this technology, the first steps are being taken towards CCS standardization.

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Energy preparedness - South Africa uses ISO 50001 to avoid a future energy crisis

by Sadhvir Bissoon

The South African economy is largely based on minerals’ extraction and processing, which is very energy intensive. The country’s unique energy mix and challenges have required a multi-pronged public and private sector response. The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), ISO member for the country, plays a pivotal role in developing relevant standards to enable the implementation of energy efficiency.

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New ISO standard aims to build confidence in the global carbon market

A new International Standard detailing the level of competency required by those responsible for verifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has been published. It is the latest addition to ISO’s toolbox of standards for addressing climate change and supporting emissions trading schemes.

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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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