A new international standard for climate action—ISO 14080, Greenhouse gas management and related activities – Framework and principles for methodologies on climate actions—is under development.
The standard intends to give organizations involved in climate action a framework to develop consistent, comparable, and improved methodologies in the fight against climate change.
ISO 14080 is currently at Draft International Standard stage and once completed will provide guidance on how to create effective mitigation and adaptation activities. It also aims to provide stakeholders enhanced access to financial and other resources required to combat climate change.
ISO 14080 will provide a generic framework for the development of climate action methodologies and their review and management over time. The standard specifies principles for designing a framework and guideline to establish methodologies that take into account prevailing climate change policies, as well as the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.
The standard will also provide methodology profile examples which can be used for communication with relevant stakeholders to harmonize aggregated actions and encourage the disclosure of climate-related information—including financially relevant information.
ISO 14080 can help non-state actors, initiatives, industry associations, and greenhouse gas programs to demonstrate that climate action can contribute to a low-carbon society and adaptation strategies with governance. The standard will also help organizations meet their commitment to the Paris Agreement and global climate action agenda.
ISO 14080 is expected to be published in 2018.