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Potential obstruction of climate change mitigation through ISO standard on radiative forcing management

January 15, 2021

In the very first CSSN position paper, CSSN Scholar Ina Möller explores the repercussions of quantifying the effects of non-greenhouse gas particulate matter on climate.

A working group within the International Organization for Standardization is working to standardize the measurement of how a number of non-greenhouse gas climate forcers (such as soot or other particulate matter) affect the climate. However, observing and negotiating parties are concerned that it may be used to quantify the reflective quality of particulate pollutants (as emitted by ships or airplanes) to offset greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, integration into carbon markets would see this become considered a viable option for offsetting greenhouse gas emissions, delaying the onset of clean energy and phasing-out of fossil fuels.