ISO 14064 Revision

ISO 14064-1 and ISO 14064-2 reached Committee Draft (CD) stage and have since been through the CD ballot which is now closed for further comments and voting.

The next stage after this, is either approval for publication as a Draft International Standard (DIS), or referral back to the Technical Committee (ISO/TC 207/SC7).

The ISO/TC 207/SC7 technical committee is led by members of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC).

As well as creating a more standardised reporting framework that is aligned with the latest Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the technical committee’s main area of focus for ISO 14064-1, is ensuring the revised standard is able to more effectively quantify energy and monitor greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and its linkage between those emissions and renewable energy. 

A key focus for the revised ISO 14064 is to ensure it improves and expands the range of projects supported to enable organisations to better reduce GHG emissions. This is key, as ISO 14064-2 supports many different GHG project types, so it needs to adequately address offset carbon credits and innovative technology projects, as well as internal projects. To ensure the standard is right for today and is future-proofed as much as possible, the ISO/TC 207/SC7 technical group continues to work closely with key bodies such as Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), World Resources Institute (WRI), The Gold Standard Foundation and other key parties. 

The latest ISO/TC 207/SC7 committee meeting was held in New Delhi in September 2015 to discuss revisions to ISO 14064, following the Committee Draft issue and ballot. Working Groups, WG-4 and WG-5, discussed Parts 1 and 2 of ISO 14064 respectively. 

About 50% of the comments received were discussed in September 2015, and it was agreed to continue discussions at the next meeting to be held in February/March 2016 without inviting any additional comments at this point. The revised standards ISO 14064-1 and ISO 14064-2 are expected to be published in Spring 2016. 

With all the major ISO standards being revised, LRQA is at the forefront of communicating the changes. We offer a range of assessment services as well as public and in-house training courses, all aimed at helping ensure organisations worldwide have a smooth transition to the new standards.