ISO recommends organizations choose technology service providers committed to strong net zero emissions targets


The International Organization for Standardization (ISO’s new Net Zero Guidelines urge organizations to select technology and service providers “committed to robust net zero objectives.”

“Net Zero” has been defined in a new set of guidelines as a “global foundation for harmonizing, understanding, and planning for stakeholders at the state, regional, municipal, and organizational levels.”

Organizations can take a variety of steps to address scope 3 emissions, including prioritizing suppliers based on their climate strategy, past performance, and the transparency of their emissions data.

The document also addresses the use of technology in other ways. ISO 50001, for example, addresses energy management systems to improve the efficiency of energy consumption, a topic covered in scope 1 and 2 emissions.

Organizations are also encouraged to integrate climate criteria into the research, development and design processes of products and services to improve energy performance and develop circular economy solutions together with recommendations to optimize the energy use of buildings.

According to IoT Alliance Australia, Internet of Things (IoT) technology could play a “critical” role in helping companies measure, report and reduce their carbon footprint.

At the IoTAA State of the Nation event in Sydney, oTAA CEO Frank Zeichner said: “We are very good at measuring output. We’re not that good at measuring waste and we sure aren’t that good at measuring consumption.”

Vocus announced in October that it was working with its third-party data center providers to determine the optimal process for managing emissions associated with its facilities.

In Australia, some companies are conducting assessments of third-party technology providers. Vocus has begun a Scope 3 emissions screening process to identify and quantify its indirect emissions.


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