Close up of three old weights on wooden background.
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When is a kilogramme not a kilogramme? When it is not defined in the International System of Units (SI). To mark the launch of its recently revised version, the SI has been chosen as the theme of this year’s World Metrology Day.
Close-up of a light bulb with its filament glowing.
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Artificial lighting has come a long way since the lightbulb was invented some 150 years ago. To celebrate the important role that light plays in all aspects of our lives and the sustainable development of society, today is UNESCO’s International Day of Light. 
People relaxing by Cheong-Gyecheon stream in the centre of Seoul.
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City living is on the rise, having gone from 751 million of the world’s population in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018. What’s more, it’s expected to reach 6.7 billion in 20501. How can cities adapt and prepare to ensure they provide adequate resources and a sustainable future? They can’t improve what they...
Bee flying into a flower.
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Implementing an environmental management system (EMS) based on ISO 14001 might seem like a big task, but that doesn’t mean it is just for the bigger players in the market. Breaking it down into phases is the key. A newly revised guidance document just published helps businesses of all shapes and sizes...
Eco-San toilet installed in a primary school in the Chinese province of Jiangsu.
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Well over half the world’s population does not have access to safe sanitation. For many people, this means the indignity and risks that come of having no toilets. The answer, it seems, lies in new sustainable treatment plants. ISO and the Gates Foundation have joined forces to show how clean toilets...
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As governments, business and the ordinary consumer attempt to recalibrate their daily existence to avoid the consumption of fossil fuels, we are often frustrated by the sheer scale and size of the task. What, we often ask, can we do to make a difference?
View of a suspension bridge walkway in a Costa Rican cloud forest.
Hosting 6 % of the world’s biodiversity on its tiny land mass, it’s no wonder Costa Rica is committed to protecting the environment. Now, the next milestone on the political agenda is achieving carbon neutrality. Mauricio Céspedes, Executive Director at INTECO, ISO’s member for the country, explains...
Aerial shot of a sewage treatment plant placed near a river, in Denmark.
The same disruptive technologies that are changing our lives and revolutionizing virtually every sector of the economy can be used to create a more sustainable world. By setting the standards that frame these initiatives, ISO/TC 207 helps scale solutions to our most urgent environmental challenges. 
Aerial view of a car on a road winding through a pine forest.
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Due to the rising energy scarcity as well as global warming, countries are now paying much closer attention to clean-energy technologies and using green tech in industry. ISO has just released its May/June 2019 issue of ISOfocus dedicated to everything clean, green and sustainable.
Cocoa composition with two real cacao fruits, cacao leaves, nibs and dark chocolate chunks in the center, showing the different stages of chocolate.
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Cocoa is a tricky business. The prime ingredient in one of the world’s favourite treats, chocolate, the humble cocoa bean, is a difficult crop to cultivate. What’s more, it is mostly grown on smallholder farms in regions of the world that lack adequate infrastructure and offer poor living conditions....