Plastic waste

Plastics have brought many benefits to our lives, but at an unanticipated cost to the environment. In our seas, a soup of plastic particles is killing some of our most precious resources. What role is there for International Standards in providing urgently-needed solutions that work for manufacturers, and meet consumer expectations?

A recycling gardening workshop with plastic bottles and plants

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Winning the battle against plastic pollution with International Standards on World Environment Day!

Plastic is an important material in our economy and daily lives. It has multiple functions that can help tackle a number of the challenges facing our society, be it packaging that ensures food safety and reduces food waste, light and innovate materials that lower fuel consumption, or bio-compatible plastics in medicine that save human lives. On the other side, there is an urgent need to address the environmental problems that today cast a shadow over the use of end products. The million tonnes of plastic litter that find their way into our oceans are one of the most visible and alarming signs of these problems.

Ms. Surina Rajan - Director General of BIS

International Standards can lead the way to sustainable living by concretizing  the principles of  Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Let us join hands to promote standardization and beat plastic pollution effectively!

Ms. Surina Rajan, Director General of the Bureau of Indian Standards, the ISO Member for India. 

Changing world

With global warming happening quicker than ecosystems can adapt, ISO standards provide an essential road map for avoiding disaster in an unstable climate.

The road to Stockholm

From the UN Conference on Human Environment in 1972, to the COP 24 scheduled for the end of this year in Katowice, Poland, this infographic tracks the evolution of environmental protocols, agreements and summits.

Practical tools for addressing climate change

Download this brochure for a concise overview of how International Standards address climate change challenges.

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The world's climate agenda

From the first Earth Summit in 1972 to the Paris Agreement in 2015, efforts to tackle climate change by reducing global warming need to be accelerated and further enhanced to be impactful.

Take action

There are many concrete ways in which we can all make a difference. One of these is by choosing products and services from companies that have decided to address their impacts systematically. Fortunately for both parties, there are International Standards to guide and reassure.

An EcoPower truck washing an airplane.

EcoServices’ flight to eco-friendly skies

One of the key challenges for the aviation industry over the coming years is how to continue delivering safe, reliable, efficient and cost-effective air travel as well as being environmentally responsible and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Keith Root, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager at EcoPower, explains how ISO standards – ISO 50001 and ISO 14064-3 – are helping to provide a solution.

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Big polluters take a stand

The fight against climate change has unexpected allies with some of the heaviest-polluting industries joining its ranks. Why have they chosen to take a stand? And what are they doing to help clear the air?

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Climate action 

Discover the latest issue of ISOfocus magazine for an in depth look at how International Standards are making a difference.


Putting plans in place to survive unpredictable weather patterns and extreme events from drought to flooding. Discover the many ISO standards that help people and businesses to continue through challenging times.

A green tree surrounded by residential houses.

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Building standards for the future we want

Despite the international community’s best efforts, extreme weather events and slow-onset climate change continue to wreak havoc on our lives and livelihoods. Adaptation measures, however, will help us prepare for the worst – and new ISO standards are filling a gap by providing a badly needed high-level framework, helping organizations to cope and adapt.

Landscape of windmills in Gaomei Wetlands, Taiwan.

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The secret to unlocking green finance

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) asserts that ours is the last generation that can stop climate change. We need to do this by changing to a zero-carbon, sustainable, cyclic economy. Yet unlocking the finance for this has been a major challenge… until now. Discover how ISO is at the forefront of this transition, developing several standards that will propel, catalyse and underpin the new sustainable economy.

The people who make International Standards happen

A vast network of people are involved in the standards process, and many of the technical committees work on areas that play a role in addressing climate change issues. Here are some of the ISO/TCs most directly involved.

ISO/TC 146 Air quality

Standardization  tools for air quality characterisation of emissions, workspace air, ambient air, indoor air, in particular measurement methods for air pollutants.

ISO/TC 147 Water quality

Standardization in the field of water quality, including definition of terms, sampling of waters, measurement and reporting of water characteristics.

ISO/TC 207 Environmental management

Standardization in the field of assistive products for persons with disability.

ISO/TC 301 Energy management and energy savings

Standardization of how to better use and conserve our resources.