Astana, Kazakhstan – More than 30 representatives of governmental organizations and industry of Kazakhstan and the European Union (EU) took part in the workshop “Environmental standards for climate change policy and ESG”.
The workshop was organized by the EU-funded project “European Union – Central Asia Water, Environment and Climate Change Cooperation (WECOOP)” with the aim to provide an overview of the current trends in the field of environmental standard application to implementation of climate change policy as well as recent developments in the environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) management.
Environmental protection is a global concern – and the challenge is becoming more urgent every day. Standards can be an effective tool to reduce environmental impact and, in that way, support the implementation of environmental policies at different levels – international, national, local and enterprise. For example, the European Green Deal pledges to make consistent use of standardization in order to facilitate societal, environmental and economic transformation and innovation. This concerns focus topics such as circular economy, energy transition, mobility and biodiversity.
During the workshop the participants discussed ESG management and non-financial reporting, environmental standards for sustainable development, GHG emission reduction and emission inventories on different levels, calculation of GHG emissions, life-cycle assessment and environmental product declaration, and other, as well as reviewed cases of Latvia and Kazakhstan.