Now more than ever industries need to consider climate change-related risks and sustainability opportunities.
With increasing stakeholder pressure, shifting customer preferences, emission caps, adaptation strategies, regulatory complexity, and a transition to a low carbon future, the landscape is changing fast.
Standards help organisations and communities become climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable for a better world. Be at the forefront of positive change, sustainability, responsibility and good practice with industry-related national and international standards.
Everyone benefits from Environmental standards
Industry – Standards help businesses not only adhere to increasing regulatory requirements but address their own environmental impact, improve energy efficiencies and put robust risk management processes in place.
Regulators – Consensus-based standards are a solid base to create public policy that meets New Zealand and international commitments.
Consumers – With standards, businesses and authorities can reduce environmental impact, and improve on infrastructure technologies, disaster management and energy efficiency. Standards give consumers more confidence.
When they save money, reduce carbon use and benefit consumers, integrating standards is simply a no brainer! Standards matter now, more than ever.’ Brian Fitzgerald, Technical Lead, EECA.
‘When they save money, reduce carbon use and benefit consumers, integrating standards is simply a no brainer! Standards matter now, more than ever.’ Brian Fitzgerald, Technical Lead, EECA.
Just some of the ways standards help:
- ISO 13964:1998 Air quality – Determination of ozone in ambient air
- NZS 4243.2:2007 Energy efficiency – Large buildings
- AS/NZS ISO 14001:2016 Environmental management systems
- NZS AS 4708:2014 Sustainable forest management
- AS/NZS 2007.1:2021 Performance of household electrical appliances
- SNZ PAS 6011:2021 Electric vehicle (EV) chargers for residential use
- AS/NZS 5911:2013 General guidelines on the verification, validation and assurance of environmental and sustainability reports
- AS/NZS 5667.6:1998 Water quality – Sampling – Guidance on sampling of rivers and streams
- ISO 14090:2019 Adaptation to climate change
- AS/NZS ISO 14021:2000 Environmental labels and declarations
- AS/NZS 3831:1998 Waste management
- BS 8583:2015 Biodiversity. Guidance for businesses on managing the risks and opportunities
Discover more about our work in the sector:
- Start your adaptation planning with Standards
- Eye on ISO 14001:2015 Environmental management systems
- Dr Ann Smith – leading the change towards credible carbon reduction
The ISO 14000 family of standards is firmly established as the global benchmark for promoting good practice in environmental management and design. This standard helps organisations achieve their objectives in an environmentally sustainable manner and covers best practice in:
- Financing climate change activities
- Quantifying greenhouse gas emissions for cap-and-trade schemes
- Measure and monitoring climate change for offsetting credits
- Communicating on environmental performance
- Integrating environmental management in a low carbon strategy and policies
- Designing for the environment and carbon neutrality
- Assessing lifecycles
- Gain certification against ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems
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Represent the sector
You could have a role to play in shaping the future of standards you and your peers use. If you have skills, experience or a unique perspective in your industry you could contribute on a standards development committee – whether for New Zealand, joint Australian/New Zealand or international ISO or IEC standards. Complete an expression of interest here:
Want to commission a standard, get involved in a committee or learn more about the value of standards to the sector? Download our summary brochure for discussion with your business leaders.