Alongside a proposed Expert Group, ISO and IEC are now ready to share standards and knowledge.

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), two of the world’s main creators of international standards, have expressed considerable interest in collaborating with the United Nations to address climate change.

They were reacting to UN Secretary-General António Guterres‘ plan to form a panel of experts in order to“propose clear standards to measure and analyse net-zero commitments from non-state actors”.

The two organizations praised Mr. Guterres for understanding the significance of standards when he took to the stage at COP26, and further commented that they would be delighted to collaborate on any such initiative to share existing, widely used standards and assist in the development of new ones to satisfy global needs.

The world needs to collaborate now, more than ever, to reach net-zero commitments. ISO standards represent such collaboration and are vital to a sustainable future

Sergio Mujica, ISO Secretary-General.

In support of the realization of an ‘All Electric Society’, we offer a widely recognized neutral, independent, consensus-based institutional framework that helps building net-zero commitments into systems and infrastructure for concrete contributions to climate change mitigation

Philippe Metzger, IEC General Secretary & CEO.

ISO and IEC have created numerous globally recognised standards dedicated to achieving net-zero commitments, as well as those that calculate carbon emissions, set out what is climate change mitigation, limit the consumption of carbon-free technologies and the corresponding adaptation measures. Many of which are already used in sustainability policy making.

The recent London Declaration reaffirmed ISO’s commitment to net-zero goals. The declaration promises to guarantee that standards aid in the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the UN Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience. The IEC is in favor of the declaration’s goals.

The London Declaration is backed by by the ISO and IEC’s “Climate Action Kit”, a set of measures to assist policy makers in their fight to lower net greenhouse gas emissions. The package depicts case studies on how standards can help public policies and bring about positive climate change projects.