ISO launches first standard on climate change adaptation

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has launched the first in a range of ISO standards aimed at helping organisations assess climate change impacts and put plans in place for effective adaptation.

The standard – adaptation to climate change: principles, requirements and guidelines – otherwise known as ISO 14090, offers a framework that enables organisations to give appropriate consideration to climate change adaptation when designing and implementing policies, strategies, plans and activities, according to ISO.

John Dora, co-convenor of the working group that developed the standard, said: “Understanding climate impacts is not just for those implementing climate actions. Organisational decisions are made on the basis of risks and opportunities, so understanding resilience is useful across the value chain such as in purchasing, investment and insurance.”

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