In early August, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that the ISO, a corporate-driven standards organization, was moving forward with a new standard that could undermine existing climate standards, which included mentions of geoengineering.
At the time, we asked who was behind the push the attempt to create a standard for measuring “radiative forcing,” and to create a market to incentivize activities and processes that reflect sunlight away from the Earth.
The ISO responded, claiming that geoengineering was “out of scope”. However, the documents that the AFP story were based on have been posted. It appears that, at least at the time the leaked documents were drafted, geoengineering was very much “in scope.”
In light of the most recent documents, CIEL, Heinrich Boell Foundation and ETC Group have drafted a briefing outlining the implications of the new standard, in terms of geoengineering, international law, and human rights and environmental obligations.