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  • International Workplace
  • 24 September 2019
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New international standard helps organisations adapt to climate change

BSI, the business improvement company, has published the first standard on climate adaptation, BS EN ISO 14090 Adaptation to climate change – Principles, requirements and guidelines. It offers a framework that enables organisations to give appropriate consideration to climate change adaptation when designing and implementing policies, strategies, plans and activities.

Organisations are facing the physical, financial, regulatory and reputational impacts of climate change. How they respond is scrutinised by investors, consumers and the media alike. No matter the sector that the organisations operate in, they are increasingly held accountable for their impact on, and response to, climate change.

BE EN ISO 14090 is the first in a range of ISO standards in this area and aims to help organisations assess climate change impacts and put plans in place for effective adaptation. The standard sets out how they can prioritize and develop effective, efficient, specific and deliverable adaptations which will increase resilience and demonstrate robust and credible risk management, amidst the impact of climate change.

The standard’s approach is relevant to all sizes and types of organisations whose activities, products and services might be at risk from, or in some cases able to take advantage of the opportunities posed by, climate change. It is for those who implement climate actions and for decision makers who want to understand climate risks and how these are being managed.

Application of this standard can demonstrate to interested parties that an organisation’s approach to climate change adaptation is credible. It has been designed to help organisations develop measures and report on adaptation activity in a verifiable way. It is also relevant for use across the value chain as well as to decision makers involved in purchasing, investment and insurance who wish to understand their, or others’, climate adaptation actions.

UK stakeholders who participated in the development of BS EN ISO 14090, included representatives from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Environment Agency, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, Institution of Civil Engineers and the Met Office.

Further information is available from BSI.