Radiative Forcing Climate Protocol – Organizations, Projects and Products

The most essential metric for slowing climate change and stabilizing the climate.

Radiative forcing (RF) is the common, underlying metric by which all anthropogenic and biogenic factors influencing the climate system can be evaluated. For instance, it is the basis upon which carbon dioxide equivalents are calculated when determining the relative potency of greenhouse gases compared to carbon dioxide over various timeframes. The many drivers of increased RF include greenhouse gases, particulates, aerosols, and other emissions, and changes in the albedo of clouds and ground-level surfaces. Over time, sustained increases in RF lead to increasing climate disruption and higher global mean temperatures (GMT). Reducing RF is therefore essential to slowing climate change and stabilizing the climate. This standard will provide an RF Protocol to help organizations account for and manage their contribution to changes in RF, for identification and implementation of projects to reduce or offset positive RF, and for determining the RF contribution of products. The Protocol will include the steps entities should take to establish their RF footprint, identify projects to reduce or offset RF that will not cause unintended adverse impacts, and have such projects validated and verified. In addition, the Protocol will support the development of a 2030 climate roadmap aimed near-term RF stabilization consistent with the findings of IPCC reports.

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