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How to use ISO standards to fight climate change

11 June 2024

THE EFFECTS of climate change are being felt all over the world. Governments and financial institutions are responding by introducing regulations and requirements that force organisations to take responsibility for their environmental impact.

Independent management systems certification and verification of emissions data enable organisations to demonstrate progress towards sustainability goals. There are specific ISO standards that give organisations frameworks to mitigate environmental risks (ISO 14001), reduce energy usage (ISO 50001) and measure and report on greenhouse gas emissions (ISO 14064). 

To strengthen their position further, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) amended around 30 standards earlier this year to ensure that businesses consider climate change within the context of their organisation. 

Implications for your management system

This amendment affects many popular standards including ISO 14001, ISO 45001 (OHS), ISO 9001 (quality), and ISO 27001 (information security) and is designed to encourage organisations to be more aware of the risks arising from climate change and to address them across different aspects of operations.

To help QEHS and sustainability professionals understand the implications of these changes, leading assurance provider, LRQA is running a free webinar on Tuesday 9 July at 3pm BST – coinciding with Net Zero week – the UK’s national awareness week to support organisations to reach net zero by 2050.

What will be covered?

During the webinar, ESG Technical Manager, Olga Rivas will give a brief overview of relevant ISO standards and ESG frameworks and explain how management systems can input into your non-financial reporting. Auditor Manager, Bill Barnes, will explore the implications of the amendments to ISO standards for certified organisations and what it could mean for your next audit. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the live audience Q&A.

Register for free at the LRQA website to save your place and learn how certification and verification can help your organisation to demonstrate progress, build trust with stakeholders, and stand out in the marketplace.

For more information visit lrqa.com/uk