Acting against climate change

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The annual Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has started and this year’s talks and negotiations are particularly vital to the future of climate change as they represent a critical opportunity for a global agreement to limit global warming to 2° C.

Organisations, regulators, companies, and cities need tools to address climate change, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and manage mitigation and adaptation.

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 with 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. A new standard is now under development, 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. 

ISO-GHGMI side event for climate neutrality and resilience 

In order to highlight the tools that are available to stakeholders and address current gaps where new tools are needed, ISO and the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI) have partnered to present an official side event during COP 21 on the theme 'Climate neutrality and resilience'.

This side event will focus on building collaboration between standards-setting bodies by discussing current gaps that exist in climate change standards and facilitating discussion on how to build collaboration between global programmes for new standards development activities. For more information on this event, please see the programme

COP 21 under the umbrella of ISO 20121 for sustainable events 

To welcome tens of thousands of visitors, COP 21 has chosen a sustainable format for the event by following ISO 20121 Event sustainability management systems  Requirements with guidance for use. The standard specifies requirements for an event sustainability management system and provides guidance on conforming to those requirements. It is a concrete tool that helps ensure the event contributes to the three dimensions of sustainability: economic, environmental, and social.

ISO 20121 has been designed to address the management of improved sustainability throughout all event-related activities during the entire management cycle. It requires organisations to recognise their relationship with, and impact on, society and society's expectations of an event.

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