The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released new guidelines to help organisations reach net zero as soon as possible, with 2050 being the latest. Its purpose is to promote the highest possible climate action and set common standards for achieving net zero. The new guidelines were published on 11 November to align with the decarbonisation-themed day at COP27. It took three months to create and considered recommendations from 1,200 experts across the world. By developing an extensively informative document, the new ISO guidelines are “intended to be a common reference for governance organizations … and can help organizations taking action to contribute to achieving global net zero.” There are 11 outlined principles surrounding net zero in the guidelines which include:
- Net zero guiding principles for all organizations
- Incorporating net zero into strategies and policies
- What net zero means at different levels and for different types of organisation
- Setting and aligning interim and long-term targets based on equity, latest scientific knowledge, evidence, research and agreed good practice
- Actions to take to achieve these targets
- Decision-making based on science.
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