Sustainability and climate action

Sustainability and climate action

How standards accelerate the transition to net zero

How standards accelerate the transition to net zero

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Sustainability and climate action
Sustainability and climate action
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Our planet faces a huge dilemma with human-induced climate change directly linked to greenhouse gas emissions. If we do not act now we risk missing the main goals laid out in the 2015 Paris Agreement; the first being to achieve net zero by 2050, the second being to limit global warming by maintaining a temperature well below 2℃, preferably 1.5℃. In its August 2021 report, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecast that the limit of 1.5℃ would be reached by 2040 unless drastic measures on reducing carbon emissions were not taken immediately. These goals, amongst other imminent environmental concerns (such as biodiversity loss), will be discussed at the UN Climate Change Conference, Cop 26, taking place in Glasgow between 1st-12th November 2021.

Standards can play a significant part in accelerating the transition to a net zero economy. They provide clear and practical guidance for organizations of all sizes and sectors to mitigate - and adapt to - climate change. 

As the UK National Standards Body, BSI is at the core of several initiatives centred around climate action, examples being PAS 2060, a standard which supports organizational claims of carbon neutrality, and the Faraday Battery Challenge standardization programme, supported by the UK Government, which centres on innovation in energy storage for electric vehicles. In September 2021, BSI played a key role in drafting the London Declaration, signed at the 75th anniversary of ISO Week in London, which commits ISO to consider the climate impacts in all its standards and facilitates the involvement in standardization of those most vulnerable to climate change. The London Declaration has also been endorsed by the IEC and CEN/CENELEC.

Key Initiatives


Past Events


COP 26 BSI event

On-demand webinars

Climate action across 5 Sectors

Originally aired 19 October 2021

Watch our on-demand webinars featuring BSI professionals and industry experts will explore how standards can support business objectives around sustainable finance, the circular economy, net zero and decarbonisation.


Webinars

Infographics

Our infographics demonstrate the cycle of embeding sustainability within your organization and the effects of making a firm pledge to achieveing net zero.