The ISO website ‘Using and referencing ISO and IEC standards to support public policy‘ references a wide range of instances where different standards are used to deliver environmental policy.
Leading standards include ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard and ISO 50001 Energy Management System standard, as well as standards used to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere (ISO 14064 series & ISO 14065).
These standards have been used in a variety of mandatory and voluntary schemes from carbon trading to sustainable development policy.
Further information from the ISO website
The Swedish Minister of Trade highlighted how standards and certification can be used in tackling even the most complex issues. As part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Minister spoke of how specific standards can deal with definable issues such as measuring greenhouse gas emissions (ISO 14064 and ISO 14065), through to generic standards such as ISO 14001 helping to embed the right culture in organisations to help tackle key issues. (Sweden)