ISO/TC 207/SC 7 is responsible for the development of standards to manage and mitigate GHG emissions, as well as to adapt to the effects of climate change and in support of sustainability.
SC7's scope recognizes mitigation and adaptation are "two sides of the same coin". For example, forestry projects can both sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (e.g. reduce GHG emissions, i.e. mitigation) and also help with adaptation to climate impacts (e.g. against desertification, ecosystem protection).
Climate change is the single, most important agenda that we have to tackle on a global level. While many other environmental problems affect local or regional areas, the accelerated change in our climate pattern is something that affects us all. The United Nations, in its Sustainable Development Goals, recognizes that "climate change is a global challenge that does not respect national borders".
A little bit of history...
ISO/TC 207 has been actively involved in developing standards to manage the greenhouse gases identified as the principal cause of climate change. As early as 2004, ISO/TC 207 had established Working Groups to develop standards on greenhouse gas management.
In 2007, ISO/TC 207 proposed the establishment of Sub Committee 7 after the publication of ISO 14064 in 2006, by Working Group 5, and ISO 14065 in 2007, by Working Group 6.
...and in the future?
Over the next 5 years, we envision that SC 7 will be instrumental in the development of standards to help governments and organizations to manage and mitigate GHG emissions, as well as to adapt to the effects of climate change.
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