LO 12 – Addressing climate changes with ISO standards


Climate change is affecting businesses in a variety of ways and will continue to do so for decades due to greenhouse gas emissions since the Industrial Revolution began. The efficiency of efforts to reduce future GHG emissions and regulate other factors that affect radiative forcing will determine the amount of future climate change. As a result, by following various standards, climate change adaptation is required to decrease the hazards and maximize the opportunities given to organizations of all types. In this regard, the ISO climate change standards assist organizations in not only complying with expanding regulatory requirements but also in assessing their own environmental influence. They support them in taking tangible steps to reduce the negative impact, increase energy efficiency, and implement robust risk management practices. ISO standards provide a solid foundation for regulators to formulate public policy that complies with international obligations and solves the many issues that climate change entails. When businesses and governments employ ISO standards to address climate change impacts through better disaster management, higher energy efficiency, and environmentally friendly infrastructures and policies will be achieved.

Authors & affiliations

Kliment Petrov
Tsvetina Mihailova

Educational goals

To introduce the ISO environment-related standards and how they address the climate change adaptation and mitigation;
To explain how ISO standards are seen as essential to the greenhouse gas (GHG) markets, carbon neutrality, and low-carbon strategies and policies;
To present the principles, requirements, and guidelines of ISO14090 Adaptation to climate change standard;
To support the educational concept and content with ppts, videos, and project work materials.

Key words/phrases

ISO standards, environmental management, environmental
Performance, GHG emissions, mitigation, adaptation