17 Mar Climate Change – how environmental legislation could help
Organisations, regulators, companies and cities need tools to address climate change, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and manage mitigation and adaptation.
We all need to find innovative solutions to adapt to climate change. Encouraging preventive actions and implementing solutions are an ambitious task, but we have at our disposal tools like International Standards to help us achieve sustainable development goals.
How can you judge the suitability of an emissions reduction plan when everyone is working away in their own little corner? That’s where voluntary standards come in – standards produced collectively by users, for users. Without them, it becomes impossible to include climate change adaptation in a balanced way.
ISO has produced over 570 environment-related standards, including those that monitor climate change, quantify GHG emissions and promote good practice in environmental management and design. These standards can help stakeholders address climate change and support the efforts of developed and developing countries in relation to mitigation and adaptation.
For example ISO has a family of standards, including ISO 14064 and ISO 14065, that help organisations to quantify their greenhouse gas emissions and communicate on them, while others, such as ISO 14001 and ISO 50001, help promote good practice in environmental and energy management.
Organisations also need consistent and comparable climate change actions and methodologies, as well as effective and transparent communication on the results of
These methodologies. Another standard is ISO 14080 Guidance with framework and principles for methodologies on climate actions, which will provide guidance on a framework for developing new methodologies as well as on the use of existing methodologies for climate action and their review, revision and management to meet stakeholder needs.