The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has launched its guidelines for the net zero emissions plans of organisations at COP27 in collaboration with the United Nations to tackle the “fragmented net zero governance landscape”. The global standards-setting body said the guidelines would provide a “common reference for collective efforts”, offering a global basis for harmonising, understanding, and planning for net zero for actors at the state, regional, city and organisational level. ISO added that its guidelines would set a common path for: the definition of “net zero” and related terms; high-level principles for organisations seeking to achieve climate neutrality; and actionable guidance on achieving it by 2050 “at the very latest”. The new guidelines draw on the work of more than 1,200 experts from over 100 countries. “Standardised ‘net zero’ claims are easier to compare, create an ambition loop, and can be scaled through better regulation,” ISO said.
When ISO announced it was going to 1) develop a net zero standard 2) review all of its other 24,000 standards for alignment to the Paris Agreement, some skepticism was perhaps warranted (see our cautious but hopeful take https://t.co/6WANsLNAYO) Today there was big step forward. https://t.co/gBO6hpeFLx
— Thomas Hale (@thomasnhale) November 11, 2022