The International Organisation for Standardisation, ISO, whose Spanish member is the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has published the new Net Zero Guidelines standard with the aim of establishing a common framework of understanding that allows organisations to achieve the goal of zero emissions. It has done so during the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27, which took place in Egypt between 6 and 18 November.
The standard has been developed with the participation of more than 1,200 organisations and individuals from more than 100 countries, including the contribution of Spanish entities. ISO has relied on UNE for the translation into Spanish of the guidelines, a development which enables its wider dissemination and uniform application. With the exceptional endorsement of ISO, this document has been made open access. It is available on the UNE website.
"Its presentation at COP27 highlights the high-impact vision with which the Net Zero Guidelines document has been developed in line with existing ISO standards on climate change. ISO and its members have a strong commitment to developing international standards that inspire effective action in this field," says Javier Garcia, CEO of UNE and ISO vice-president-elect.
Ulrika Francke, the president of ISO, adds "The Guidelines will bring much-needed alignment on Net Zero. We are confident - and proud - that these guidelines will be widely used across governments and industries to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement and give greater credibility to the meaning of net zero."
The policy document will support all organisations, including those developing net zero policies, frameworks or other initiatives, as well as those implementing actions to comply with them. It provides the definition of the term Net Zero and how to incorporate it into policies and strategies, together with guidelines and recommendations on how to achieve it. It also considers all greenhouse gas emissions (direct and indirect) in the organisation's value chain.
Commitment to climate challenge
Climate action has become one of the main areas of action for international and national standardisation organisations, and ISO and its members are actively contributing to the implementation of standards that help address climate challenges. In this regard, ISO has launched the London Declaration, an initiative that concentrates efforts to strengthen the contribution of international standards to climate action, promoting in-depth analysis to identify and review high-impact standards and reinforcing interaction with key global actors.