PAS 2050-1:2012

Assessment of life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from horticultural products


PAS 2050-1 free download is a few clicks away PAS 2050-1:2012 – Assessment of life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from horticultural products is a free, downloadable specification developed specifically for the horticulture industry.

Used in conjunction with PAS 2050:2011, also free to download, PAS 2050-1 offers supplemental information allowing those within the horticulture industry to more effectively assess and reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It includes sector specific requirements and related guidance.

It can be used by organizations of all sizes and types, in any location, to assess the climate change impact of the products they offer by providing a framework to calculate their carbon footprint, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increase efficiency and cut costs.

The first addition to the PAS 2050 family of standards, PAS 2050-1:2012 assists the horticulture industry in its efforts to reduce GHG emissions, improve energy efficiency and save on energy costs.

Why is PAS 2050-1 important and what can it do for me?

Working with Dutch Product Board for Horticulture (Productschap Tuinbouw (PT)) and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovations (Ministry of EL&I), as well as other international experts, BSI have developed supplementary requirements for the horticulture industry that will help apply PAS 2050 to horticultural products to:

  • Get a better understanding and control over the product's supply chain, identify 'hotspots' and related cost/energy saving opportunities 
  • Devise ongoing programmes aimed at reducing GHG emissions
  • Measure climate change improvements over time
  • Improve relationships with stakeholders and achieve greater co-operation with peers, suppliers and customers by providing GHG emissions information for products that are used in other products further down the supply chain

PAS 2050-1:2012 follows the PAS 2050:2011 revision, which makes the PAS 2050 methodology more relevant and accessible to a wider range of businesses.

This supplementary specification aligns with the PAS 2050:2011 methodology and its use in conjunction with other internationally recognized footprint methods (particularly the ones developed by The World Resources Institute/The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WRI/WBCSD) and ISO.

See the PAS 2050 site for more information on the PAS 2050 document, its revision, and for free material to help you better understand the PAS 2050 family.

Why should I use PAS 2050-1?

Increasingly, best practice has been for organizations to consider impacts beyond their own corporate activities – extending the scope of their “carbon footprints” to include the impacts of the goods and services they produce. PAS 2050 provides a means for this.

PAS 2050-1:2012 offers further invaluable assistance and clarity to organizations within the horticulture sector for the assessment and management of the climate change impact of their products. It enables growers to meet requests for GHG emissions information from downstream partners in the supply chain to support their own GHG assessments.


UK grower trials

In 2012 Defra commissioned a project to test the application of PAS 2050-1 within the UK, complementing similar trials being run in other countries. UK growers were involved in pilots, with ERM acting in a guiding capacity. Take a look at some of the project outcomes to increase your understanding of the benefits product carbon footprinting delivers, learn from peers’ experience, avoid common pitfalls and get started on your footprinting journey:

Footprinting First Steps:

Footprinting First Steps

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Grower Case Studies:

Case Study - George Thompsons 

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Case Study - TH Clements

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Case Study - VHB 

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To ease the implementation of PAS 2050 and PAS 2050-1 and to help you understand the benefits the methodologies deliver, we have compiled some free material:

PAS 2050:2011 Guidance document

The 2008 Guide to 2050 has been updated in line with the changes to PAS 2050 introduced in its 2011 revision. This user-friendly document is more interactive, includes additional examples and more practical advice to help you footprint your product(s), identify hotspots and reduce emissions in your supply chain.

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Product carbon footprinting for beginners

Carbon Footprint for Beginners is a new guide for organizations or sectors with limited knowledge of how to calculate the carbon footprint of their products.

Through the use of case studies, the document offers practical guidance on identifying how to get the necessary information on calculating carbon footprints. It can be used in planning, conducting and reviewing a carbon footprint. It provides a simple framework with practical insights on the process, challenges and benefits of carbon footprinting.

The guide is intended to help organizations learn more about the environmental impact of their product or service system and find opportunities to reduce the main impacts within the product's life cycle.

Download the guide 


PAS 2050 Q&As

Take a look at our Q&A sheet to get answers to your most pressing queries.

 

 


In 2012 Defra commissioned a project to test the application of PAS 2050-1 within the UK, complementing similar trials being run in other countries. UK growers were involved in pilots, with ERM acting in a guiding capacity. Take a look at some of the project outcomes to increase your understanding of the benefits product carbon footprinting delivers, learn from peers’ experience, avoid common pitfalls and get started on your footprinting journey:

Footprinting First Steps

Download now

 

Grower Case Studies: an overview of the experiences of three growers in carbon footprinting their products (salad onions, cauliflower and coriander)

Case Study - George Thompsons 

Download now 

  

Case Study - TH Clements

Download now

 

Case Study - VHB 

Download now

 


Visit the PAS 2050 microsite for further downloadable material.

 

The PAS 2050 family is expanding. With new sector-specific PCF specifications in the works and other standards exploring key aspects of GHG management, the PAS 2050 family of documents helps organizations better control their climate change impacts, become more efficient and realize cost savings.


PAS 2050:2011 – Assessment of the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services

PAS 2050 is a publicly available specification that provides a framework for assessing the life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of goods and services (jointly referred to as “products”. It can be used by organizations of all sizes and types, in any location, to assess the climate change impacts of the products they offer. 

Visit the PAS 2050:2011 site to learn more and download the document.


PAS 2050-2:2012 – Assessment of life cycle greenhouse gas emissions - Supplementary requirements for the application of PAS 2050:2011 to seafood and other aquatic food products

The second addition to the PAS 2050 family of standards, PAS 2050-2:2012 assists the fisheries industry in its efforts to reduce GHG emissions, improve energy efficiency and save on energy costs.

Published in November 2012, PAS 2050-2 can be used by organizations of all sizes and types, in any location, to assess the climate change impact of both wild caught and farmed fish products with a focus on the cradle-to-gate stages of their life-cycle.

Used in conjunction with PAS 2050:2011, PAS 2050-2 offers supplemental information allowing those engaged in the seafood and aquatic food products industries to more accurately assess their GHG emissions to facilitate reduction in the most effective manner. It includes sector specific requirements and related guidance. 

Visit the PAS 2050-2 site to learn more and download the document.


PAS 2395:2014 - Specification for the assessment of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the whole life cycle of textile products

Together with leading experts from the textile industry, we’ve developed PAS 2395 which provides an internationally applicable specification for the assessment of GHG emissions from the whole life cycle of textile products. 

Used in conjunction with PAS 2050 (the world’s first framework methodology for product carbon footprinting), ISO/TS 14067 or WRI/WBCSD’s GHG Product Protocol, PAS 2395 offers supplemental information allowing those within the textile industry to more effectively assess and reduce their GHG emissions and impacts.

It includes sector specific requirements and related guidance. 

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Related specifications and initiatives for GHG emissions:

PAS 2060:2014 – Specification for the demonstration of carbon neutrality

In many markets, carbon neutrality is seen as an important indicator for consumers wishing to choose greener products and services. PAS 2060 specifies requirements to be met by any entity seeking to demonstrate carbon neutrality through the quantification, reduction and offsetting of GHG emissions from a uniquely identified subject.

PAS 2060 was updated in 2014 to recognize improvements in the knowledge and understanding of GHG emissions assessment, reduction and offsetting that have taken place over the first two years of its availability, particularly in regards to event planning.

It continues to underpin reliable, credible claims that the subject of such a claim can indeed be considered carbon neutral.

Read more and buy PAS 2060  


PAS 2070 - Specification for the assessment of greenhouse gas emissions of a city – Direct plus supply chain and consumption-based methodologies

PAS 2070 provides a robust and transparent method for consistent, comparable and relevant quantification, attribution and reporting of city-scale GHG emissions.

This will encourage more holistic GHG assessments, greater disclosure and more meaningful benchmarking to help city decision makers identify key emission sources and their drivers, the carbon dependence of their economy, and opportunities for more efficient urban supply chains.

Read more and download PAS 2070 and the London case study  


ISO and WRI initiatives

Since the publication of PAS 2050 in 2008, both ISO and WRI/WBCSD have embarked on a programme to add quantification of emissions from products and services to their portfolio of specifications.

ISO have developed PD ISO/TS 14067:2013, Greenhouse gases. Carbon footprint of products. Requirements and guidelines for quantification and communication, and WRI/WBCSD have published the Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard (aka GHG Protocol Product Standard).

The most recent drafts of the GHG Protocol Product Standard and ISO 14067 were still works in progress at the beginning of the PAS 2050 revision process, but these were made available for comparison with PAS 2050 to the Steering Group. To facilitate this, arrangements were made for experts participating in the development of both these documents to also participate in the revision of PAS 2050.

For more information on these two initiatives and their relationship with the revised PAS 2050, see:

ISO 14067

GHG Protocol Product Standard


Construction products, PAS 2050:2011 and BS EN 15804:2012

BS EN 15804:2012 is the European Standard which has been developed to provide the “Core Rules” for the environmental life cycle assessment for construction products, and reflects the particular considerations of this product category, for example in terms of the extended service lives of construction products relative to fast-moving consumer goods.

BS EN 15804:2012 accords with the provisions for “Supplementary Requirements”, set out in PAS 2050:2011 4.3, and could therefore be used to support the application of PAS 2050:2011 in the construction sector. The Global Warming Potential Indicator provided in “Cradle to Gate” and “Cradle to Grave” Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) complying with BS EN 15804:2012 can be considered to be the same as the GHG emissions provided by PAS 2050:2011.

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