The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) opened in Bonn on 5 November with the aim of launching nations towards the next level of ambition needed to tackle global warming and put the world on a safer and more prosperous development path.
This international conference, which comes two years after the adoption of the ‘Paris Climate Change Agreement’, has the objective to bring together cities, states, regions, territories, business and civil society in support of national climate action plans, the internationally-agreed temperature goal and the wider objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Close to 20 country leaders are expected to attend to find ways to overcome difficulties, build consensus and embark on new projects, for the collective good.
Within the context of this high-level conference, the joint side-event of CEN and CENELEC, the ‘International Organization for Standardization’ (ISO) and the ‘International Accreditation Forum’ (IAF) will take place on 9 November in the EU pavilion where their work related to the adaptations to climate change will be presented.
CEN and CENELEC have been working intensively on climate change adaptation since 2013, following the publication of the ‘European Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation’ in which standards were mentioned as valuable tools that can contribute to the tackling of climate change impacts.
The event will provide a general outlook on the European climate change policy framework and how the European Standardization Organizations contribute to the implementation of this strategy. More specifically, CEN and CENELEC will explain how they anticipate the adverse effects of climate change, how they plan to process future climate data and take appropriate actions to prevent or minimize the damage by revising European infrastructure standards in the most vulnerable sectors and how this work relates to the work of ISO.
The event will also give an overview of the new and emerging International Standards designed to help a range of actors address climate change (from infrastructure developers to governments, agencies, organizations and businesses), outlining the important role and contribution of accreditation with a focus on adaptation to climate impact.