The new international standard, ISO 14080:2018 Greenhouse gas management and related activities – Framework and principles for methodologies on climate actions, will help governments and businesses around the world to directly support the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to below 2 °C and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The scope of the standard is to provide guidelines by means of a framework and principles for establishing approaches and processes to:
— identify, assess and revise methodologies;
— develop methodologies;
— manage methodologies.
The standard is applicable to climate actions to address climate change, including adaptation to its impacts and greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation in support of sustainability. Such actions can be used by or for projects, organizations, jurisdictions, economic sectors, technologies and products, policies, programmes and non-government activities.
The standard does not create guidance for a specific methodology.
Yustinus Kristianto Widiwardono, the Convenor of Working Group 7 that developed ISO 14080, said the standard will not only help organizations when it comes to measurement and reporting, it will also reduce risks and increase opportunities related to actions taken together with other organizations or governments due to its compatibility and transparency.
“ISO 14080 promotes setting ambitious long-term goals and targets for emissions reduction per industry sector,” he said.
“It also directly supports the Paris Agreement, in particular Article 6 which states that the Parties should promote and facilitate the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.”
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