Greenhouse Gas Management

Climate change has been identified as one of the greatest challenges ahead, affecting nations, governments, business and citizens over future decades. In response to this challenge, initiatives are being developed and implemented to limit GHG concentrations in the Earth’s atmospheres. GHG initiatives rely on the quantification, monitoring, reporting and verification of GHG emissions and/or removals. BSI has produced a range of standards to enable these functions.


Published standards:

PAS 2050
Specification for the assessment of the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services

Organizations from a wide range of industry sectors are under increasing pressure to reduce GHG emissions associated with their activities, products and services. While the assessment of GHG emissions associated with a specific site, office complex or activity (e.g. warehousing) is relatively straightforward, the assessment of GHG emissions associated with a specific product or service is not. For an individual product or service, the full supply chain, from raw materials through to end of life should be considered, and GHG emissions associated with each stage assessed. The requirements for such assessments are specified in PAS 2050.

BS ISO 14064-1:2006
Greenhouse gases. Specification with guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals

BS ISO 14064-2:2006
Greenhouse gases. Specification with guidance at the project level for quantification, monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emission reductions or removal enhancements

BS ISO 14064-3:2006
Greenhouse gases. Specifications with guidance for the validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertions

BS ISO 14065:2007
Greenhouse gases. Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition

Environmental Management Report: Focus on climate change


Forthcoming standards:

PAS 2060 Specification for the demonstration of carbon neutrality (due 2010)

PAS 2060 will:

  • Develop uniformity of understanding on the concept of ‘carbon neutrality’
  • Encourage and assist any entity (business, community, individual) to work towards carbon neutrality on the basis of a reliably measured carbon footprint
  • Facilitate efforts to reduce carbon emissions from all activities
  • Establish criteria for quality of offset projects (where engaged entities choose to offset residual emissions)
  • Negate perceptions that carbon neutrality is a concept without value
  • Determine a framework that will facilitate self-assessment, unambiguous declaration and independent validation (where appropriate) for credible claims of carbon neutrality.
  • Provide transparency and accountability around carbon neutral claims to the end that society as a whole can have confidence in the concept of carbon neutrality.

BS EN ISO 11771 Mass emissions (due 2010)

BS ISO 14066 GHG competency (due 2011)
To achieve consistency in the international marketplace and maintain public confidence in GHG reporting and other communications, BS ISO 14066 specifies competence requirements for validation teams and verification teams for the benefit of GHG programme administrators, regulators and validation and verification bodies.

BS EN ISO 14067 Carbon footprint (products) (due 2012)
BS EN ISO 14067 is the new international standard on carbon footprinting of products developed in two parts - Part 1: Quantification and Part 2: Communication. The standard will specify requirements for the quantification and communication of GHG emissions associated with the whole life-cycle or specific stages of the life cycle of goods and services.

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