Free carbon footprinting / PAS 2050 masterclasses for SME's

Carbon footprint with confidence

29 - 31 March, London. 6 - 7 April, Manchester.

Greenhouse gas emissions have become a key factor for customers and other stakeholders, when making decisions about goods and services.

But how do you assess the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods or services, in a consistant and credible way?

PAS 2050 is a widely used specification for the assessment of the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services. By mastering the PAS 2050 method, you’ll be able to provide credible carbon footprints that will give your goods and services a competitive advantage.

Free PAS 2050 masterclasses for small and medium-sized businesses

BSI is pleased to present a series of masterclasses that will help you do just that.

Each masterclass will be a highly targeted, practical workshop aimed at companies that have attempted to footprint one, or a number of, their goods and services and have encountered difficulties in doing so. The objective of each session is to share experiences of these difficulties and identify solutions, alongside others in a similar position and with ERM’s experienced footprinting practitioners.

Each class will be sector-orientated and targeted at the particular needs of users operating in specific sectors.

Theory will be kept to a minimum, as a degree of understanding of the drivers and application of carbon footprinting will be assumed.  However, updates on the current status of the PAS 2050 review and other recent developments will be provided. There will also be opportunity to provide feedback on the PAS 2050 approach.

Throughout the day there will be a particular emphasis on the sharing of experiences to troubleshoot the range of problems encountered. Participants are asked to come armed with their existing footprint calculations and be open in discussing these. Hence any commercially confidential information should be removed. The workshop will provide an opportunity for their review by footprinting experts, with a view to providing a clear path forward.



111 Buckingham Palace Road
Westminster, London SW1W 0SR


3-5 Portland Street
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, M1 6DP


29, 30 & 31 March 2011 in London
6 & 7 April 2011 in Manchester


The PAS 2050 masterclasses will be presented by Michael Collins.

Michael is an environmental consultant and life cycle assessment practitioner with over 13 years of specialising in life cycle assessment, waste management and carbon footprinting issues, supporting government, local authority and private sector clients. He is manager of Environmental Resources Management’s (ERM) life cycle management and carbon footprinting practice.

At the conference will also be a carbon footprinting team from ERM, which comprises the UK’s largest group of footprinting practitioners.  They have completed more than 1000 PAS 2050 footprints for goodss and services supplied by over 100 businesses and across more than 50 categories.



The session will be a full day workshop, with a programme that is flexible, to meet the needs of participants and issue that arise.  An outline of the day is as follows.

9.30 – 10.00am:

Tea & coffee

10.00 – 10.30am:  

Introductions ‘where are you at?’  Group round-table of experiences to date.

10.30 – 11.00: 

Update on the PAS 2050 review and other recent carbon footprinting developments.  Discussion of implications for the sector and key emissions sources. 

11.00 – 11.30: 

Data challenges/solutions for the sector.  Group discussion.

11.30 – 12.00: 

Calculation challenges/solutions for sector.  Group discussion.

12.00 – 12.45: 


12.45 – 13.15: 

Tips on constructing models and managing data

13.15 – 15.00: 

Specific trouble-shooting session.  Group break-outs to apply morning’s findings to own calculations.  2 x ERM facilitators to circulate groups ‘surgery’ style. Tea & coffee.

15.00 – 15.30: 

Feedback session.  Group round-table of learnings and take-away actions.

15.30 – 16.00: 

Benchmarking, monitoring and reducing emissions


Wrap-up and follow-up actions

About PAS 2050

Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2050 was developed and first published in 2008 in response to broad community and industry desire for a consistent method for assessing the life cycle GHG emissions of goods and services.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are often viewed at global, national, corporate or organizational levels, however emissions within these groupings can arise from supply chains within business, between businesses, and between nations. The GHG emissions associated with goods and services reflect the impact of processes, materials and decisions occurring throughout the life cycle of goods and services.

PAS 2050 builds on existing methods established through BS EN ISO 14040 and BS EN ISO 14044 by specifying requirements for the assessment of the life cycle GHG emissions of products.

For organizations that supply goods and services, PAS 2050:

  • Allows internal assessment of the existing life cycle GHG emissions of goods and services
  • Facilitates the evaluation of alternative product configurations, sourcing and manufacturing methods, raw material choices and supplier selection on the basis of the life cycle GHG emissions associated with goods and services
  • Provides a benchmark for ongoing programmes aimed at reducing GHG emissions
  • Allows for a comparison of goods or services using a common, recognized and standardized approach to life cycle GHG emissions assessment
  • Supports reporting on corporate responsibility.

For consumers of goods and services, PAS 2050:

  • Provides a common basis from which the results of life cycle GHG emissions assessments can be reported and communicated
  • Provides an opportunity for greater consumer understanding of life cycle GHG emissions when making purchasing decisions and using goods and services.

PAS 2050 is free to download:

Read more and download PAS 2050

To book your place please complete our simple online registration form

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