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ANSI Seeks Comments on International Workshop Agreement on Net-Zero Guiding Principles

4/15/2022

Submit Comments by May 6, 2022

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages its stakeholders to submit feedback on an International Workshop Agreement (IWA) proposal on net-zero guiding principles. Submit comments to ANSI by May 6, 2022.

BSI, the national standards body for the United Kingdom, submitted the proposal to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Management Board (TMB). According to BSI, the IWA document would aim to:

  • Define Net-Zero and related concepts
  • Provide guidance on how the Net-Zero concept should be incorporated in initiatives, strategies, and policies
  • Establish the basis for accountability mechanisms and measurements, such as development of consistent indicators enabling reporting and communication

All interested U.S. parties are encouraged to review the proposal, which includes additional IWA document aims. Submit comments to Steven Cornish, ANSI senior director of international policy and strategy, at [email protected] by close of business on May 6, 2022.

Based on the input received from ANSI ISO Committee (AIC) AIC members and from U.S. stakeholders an ANSI position and any comments will be developed and submitted before the ISO voting deadline of May 13, 2022.

What is an IWA?

An IWA is a type of document that is developed with direct participation of stakeholders outside of the traditional ISO country representation system to enable players to negotiate in an open workshop environment. After the IWA workshop, text will be edited and published. A proposal to hold an ISO workshop for the purpose of developing one or more IWAs on a particular subject may come from any source, including ISO member bodies, liaison organizations, corporate bodies, etc.

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