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Geneva Green Guide

International Organization for Standardization

ISO
ISO Central Secretariat
1 chemin de la Voie-Creuse Case Postale 56
CH-1211 Geneva 20
Tel: 
(+41 22) 749 01 11
Fax: 
(+41 22) 733 34 30
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Description

ISO is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 158 countries. ISO’s central mission is to promote the development of standardization with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services.

Organization: 
Non-governmental and business organizations
Established: 
1947
Staff: 
153
Activities: 

The technical work of ISO is carried out by some 2,950 technical committees, subcommittees and working groups in which qualified representatives of industry, research institutes, government authorities, consumer bodies, and international organizations meet to resolve global standardization problems. Various committees work directly on environmental issues, including:

  • ISO Technical Committee 207 on Environmental Management, the committee responsible for developing the ISO 14000 series of standards and guidance documents. Its subcommittees consist of: Environmental Management Systems, Envi- ronmental Auditing & Related Environmental Investigations, Environmental Labeling, Environmental Performance Evaluation and Life Cycle Assessment. Questions of climate change, greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies and integrating environmental aspects into product design and development are also discussed;
  • ISO Technical Committee 146 on Air Quality, which has developed over 80 international standards on air quality, the definition of terms, air sampling, the measurement and reporting of the characteristics of stationary source emissions, indoor air, workspace air, ambient air, and meteorological instrumentation.
Cooperation: 

with the International Electrotechnical Commission, the International Telecommunication Union, the World Trade Organization and 600 international and regional organizations.

Publications: 

See the website.

Keywords: 
standards