recent research showed that less than one of the world’s four largest companies are on track to meet basic climate change goals and that Europe will miss its 2030 climate target by 21 years. Although the number of corporate commitments and government goals is increasing, there is a lack of real direction for business leaders as to how these goals can be met. Governments and industries need clear, practical guidance to meet their net-zero ambitions. Standards can play an important role in providing that guidance and thereby accelerating our progress.
The International Standards System, which uses national delegations to develop consensus best practice, is a credible, global framework that can deliver real, practical change through promoting common approaches to solving complex problems. For example, the International Standard on Information Technology BS EN ISO/IEC 27001:2017 was based on the British standard BS 7799 and has provided easy-to-use insights into managing cyber security risks for more than 15 years. And consensus doesn’t mean slow. International standards can be produced very rapidly; PD ISO/PAS 45005:2020 for safe working during COVID was developed during lockdown and published last year. A large number of international standards are already available – and new standards are published all the time – that can help organizations develop more sustainable processes, products and services. Among other things, the standards are set to redefine best practice around innovation in energy-smart devices and battery production – essential technologies that will accelerate our journey to a net-zero economy.
This year, BSI has worked with other national members of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to agree that the content of all of our standards should be aligned with the latest climate science. Together with the President and Secretary General of ISO, we signed the London Declaration in September, committing BSI and ISO to incorporate key climate considerations into every new standard. We will retrospectively add these requirements to all existing standards as they are revised. It is a unique scale change as it is both systematic and highly practical at the organizational level.
BSI and ISO will be present at COP26 in November, presenting our work on sustainable finance, industrial biotechnology and voluntary carbon markets. We have developed a Climate Action Kit with ISO that illustrates through case studies how governments, industry and other stakeholders are working together on the role of standards and regulation to encourage industry change, market can accelerate and make massive changes.
There has never been a more important time to call for consensus best practice standards that can respond to today’s global challenges, build trust and resilience, and accelerate our transition to a more sustainable world. Sustainability and the digital economy are key drivers of our work to support government, industry and society in the decade ahead and we would welcome engagement with business leaders, experts and consumer organizations to help shape the standards we need. want to join. The net-zero economy of the future.
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