Goal 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Climate change is a global concern, effecting every country on the planet. It is disrupting economies and lives and causes increasing costs for people, communities and countries. People are experiencing a significant change in climate and the greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are one of the driving factors behind climate change and it continues to rise. One of the targets is to work with awareness raising and improve education and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

Climate change was one of the starting points for SIS increasing engagement in developing countries, since the Stockholm Conference on Climate change, trade and standardisation in 2009 hosted by the National Board of Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Sida, highlighted the linkages to standards and its potential impact on reducing climate change. To explicitly work with the target on improving awareness, the ISO/TS Carbon Footprint of Products has been used as a pilot in SIS projects in East African Community (EAC) and the south and southeast Asia (SESA). The countries selected either already established export products or potential export products essential for their countries where companies, organisations and National Standards Institutions got involved in practical implementation of the standard in the selected sector. Some sectors to be mentioned is tea production in Nepal, rubber in Sri Lanka, rice in Cambodia, flowers in Kenya and pineapple in Uganda. Through working with the actual implementation of the standard, the involved organisations have got an increased insight into the resources and effects needed to work with carbon calculation and emission. The pilot has resulted in reports which has been shared (without the sensitive organisation specific data) with other organisations and countries part of the projects.

CFP implementation in tea sector, Rwanda

CFP implementation in tea sector, Rwanda 

Women making rubber gloves in Sri Lanka

 Rubber company producing rubber gloves, Sri Lanka

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 CFP implementation in rubber company producing rubber gloves, Sri Lanka

Rubber trees growing in Sri Lanka