BSI Group Australia offers PAS 2050, the first environmental management systems that allow business to assess the carbon footprint of their goods and services. PAS 2050 was developed in response to broad community and industry desire for a consistent method of assessing lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions and since first published in 2008, has been downloaded from BSI’s website by over 30,000 companies and organisations internationally.
This rise in interest of the PAS 2050 standard is to be expected considering that greenhouse gas emissions and the associated carbon footprint have become a key factor for customers and stakeholders when making decisions about which goods and services to buy and use. This client interest continues to rise and as such, just over two years since the first publication of PAS 2050, BSI are asking a wide range of stakeholders to share their experience in carbon footprinting so as to help shape a revised and updated version of the PAS 2050 environmental management systems.
The review and subsequent update of PAS 2050 is being managed by a PAS Steering Group comprising carbon footprint experts from industry, trade associations and academia. The revised standard aims to:
- Clarify ambiguities that have become apparent in the application of the standard
- Take account of advances in knowledge, understanding and technology that have emerged since the first PAS 2050
- Align the PAS 2050 methodology and its use in conjunction with other footprint methods
“The standard provides an excellent basis for a behaviour change to help drive society towards a low carbon economy. We are delighted to have contributions to the development of the standard from many industry players and experts who can lead the way on implementing it once revised. We strongly encourage smaller organisations and individuals to view the draft standard and give us their feedback. When the revision has been completed, the new standard will once again be available free of charge from the BSI website to encourage its widespread adoption.”
Environment Minister, Lord Henley said: “I am pleased that so many businesses have used the PAS 2050 standard to help assess the carbon footprint of their goods and services to reduce their impact on the environment. It is very important that those businesses that use PAS 2050 as a tool for managing their carbon footprint are able to help shape its development and ensure that the standard remains fit for purpose, and I thank BSI for opening this consultation.”