ISO: Net zero e greenwashing. What’s new?
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the central organization for setting international technical standards.
ISO recently presented the first guidelines for achieving worldwide the Net Zero.
What does Net Zero mean?
Net Zero consists of adopting the goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Companies and private investors, however, need uniform definitions to act decisively to achieve Net Zero by 2050.
The document drawn up by ISO, therefore, meets these needs and candidates itself to become an important tool to curb the greenwashing.
In fact very often, greenwashing is caused by the presence of voluntary decarbonisation initiatives not aligned with each other in the processes.
What will change with ISO Guide?
ISO: Net Zero and Greenwashing
To overcome this obstacle, the guide “Net Zero Guidelines” (IWA 42:2022) sets out a shared way for definition of “net zero” and incorporating it into strategies and policies.
It was presented during COP 27, held in Sharm El-Sheik in november 2022.
The document follows the recommendations of United Nations “Integrity matters” report, published a few days before.
In fact, International Workshop Agreement (IWA) was adopted: a particular process expected by ISO in case where quick action is necessary to meet the needs of the market.
The mechanism establishes a workshop open to all interested parties, working speedily and avoinding substantial delay of ISO technical committee.
In the present case, more than 1200 organizations and experts have contributed for make the guidelines an effective and common point of reference.
An IWA can exist for up to six years. Three years after its publication it is reviewed and it can be further elaborated to become an international standard or a technical specification.
Currently, therefore, the guide is only a guidance document, but it do not impose obligations.
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