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New Standard Offers Tool to Address Climate Change

New York, Apr 17, 2007

Every day, media reports from nearly every corner of the world point to new examples of observed climate change and renewed efforts to respond with appropriate solutions.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industry, transportation and agriculture are among the leading contributors to global warming. GHGs such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, water vapor and methane—trap the heat of the sun in the Earth’s atmosphere, producing what is known as the greenhouse effect.

This week, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released a new addition to its toolkit of standards to address climate change and GHG emissions—ISO 14065:2007, Greenhouse gases – Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition. The new document complements ISO 14064:2006, a three-part standard released last year as a potential tool for governments and businesses to assess GHG emission reduction projects [See related article: ISO Standards Guide Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Reductions].

“ISO 14064 and ISO 14065 are good examples of ISO’s ongoing efforts to develop and promote practical tools that contribute to the sustainable development of the planet,” said ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden.

Like its companion standard, ISO 14065 recognizes that a number of GHG programs are being used in various jurisdictions, underscoring the need for a clear and consistent approach. Expressly designed as flexible tools for use in voluntary or regulatory schemes, ISO 14064 and ISO 14065 assist organizations in managing GHG-related opportunities and risks, and support the environmental integrity of GHG claims.

While ISO 14064 outlines requirements for organizations to quantify and verify greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, ISO 14065 details accreditation requirements for the organizations that validate or verify emission claims.

GHG validation or verification boosts confidence among regulators, investors and other parties by demonstrating that the bodies validating or verifying GHG claims are competent to do so, have systems in place to manage impartiality, and can provide the required level of assurance on a consistent basis.

ISO 14064 and ISO 14065 belong to the ISO 14000 family of standards, which covers a diverse range of environmental management issues, from environmental auditing to life cycle assessment.

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