The international standard ISO 14068 for “Greenhouse gas management and related activities – Carbon Neutrality” is to provide clear definitions for CO2 neutrality. The climate crisis is prompting politicians, administrators and businesses to respond to this global challenge with increasuing demands for carbon neutrality.
Public and private organizations of all kinds are spurring efforts to meet carbon neutrality demands. An increasing number of organizations is ready to proove they make a contribution to decarbonization. The fact that climate action brings competitive advantages is another important aspect. Consumers who choose environmentally friendly products and services trust in corresponding labels.
The challenge of carbon neutrality
The challenge of “neutrality” expressions and labels such as “CO2-free” is that they do not have a common basis. There is a lack of clear rules as to what should be state of the art for climate-neutral action. Up to now, anyone can easily tie the ‘climate protection’ tag without clear methodologies and standards. The ISO 14068, which is now under development, is supposed to tackle this inconsistency.
What ISO 14068 means
In response to the growing momentum and escalating climate protection measures, an international standard is necessary. ISO 14068 is to provide clear definitions and parameters for CO2 neutrality in the future. In this way, the effect of the measures taken can be tracked and credibly demonstrated if climate neutrality is achieved. The standard is aimed at all responsible organizations, companies, cities and municipalities. It will be applicable to products, buildings, events and services.
ISO 14068 flows into standards that describe innovative, efficient and verifiable solutions. The topic of climate protection is much more present than it was a few years ago. In many areas in which standards are developed, there is an increasing awareness of climate responsibility. ISO 14068 therewith provides for an important addition to the wide range of ISO standards.