„The unfashionable truth is that the only way to take direct responsibility for [your] emissions is to enable an equivalent amount to be absorbed, or avoid being emitted, elsewhere.
In short, to offset.”
(Martin Wright, Guardian Sustainable Business)

“Carbon neutrality is an inescapable element
of ecological sustainability.”
(László A. Rampasek)

Be Carbon Neutral!

Standards and carbon strategy

Standards and carbon strategy - bsi. PAS 2060 - OurOffset

To ensure the credibility of carbon neutralisation, and to avoid the accusation of greenwashing that is so often voiced these days, we should promote the process of carbon neutralisation and its declaration, as well as the standards used.

There are key steps to follow in demonstrating carbon neutrality. Life cycle assessment (LCA) should be carried out for products, carbon footprint calculations for companies, events, travel, which involves detailed mapping of emissions at different stages of the life cycle. Mapping the emissions cycle provides in-depth knowledge, which can be used to identify potential emission points.

Standards and carbon strategy - bsi. PAS 2060 - OurOffset1./ To demonstrate carbon neutrality, OurOffset requires compliance with the PAS2060 carbon management standard, which sets out a common set of measures and requirements, including from third parties.

PAS2060 standard

2./ The most conservative approach to the determination of Carbon Credit Units (VCUs) derived from climate change projects is used and Quality Standards are applied in accordance with international criteria.

Quality Carbon Swallow Standard
Quality Kinetic Greenpower Standard
Quality Sunenergy to Electricity Standard
Quality Greengas to Electricity Standard
Quality Energy Saving Standard
Quality Biomass Storage Standard
Quality Technology Change Standard
Quality Family Planning Standard (HU, EN)

The standards listed are in line with the principles required by the ICVCM.

3./ Other standards taken into account

Code Title
GHG Protokol GHG Protocol establishes comprehensive global standardized frameworks to measure and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains and mitigation actions.
PAS 2060:2010-2011-2014 Specification for the demonstration of carbon neutrality
BS EN ISO 14064-1:2019 – TC Greenhouse gases – Specification with guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals
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
PAS 2050:2011 Specification for assessment of the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services
Net Zero Solution Pack This Solution Pack combines the essential standards, written and video guidance needed to get started on your organization’s journey to net zero – all in one place
BS 8609:2014 Natural gas. Calculation of carbon dioxide emission factors from composition
BS ISO 27919-2:2021 Carbon dioxide capture – Evaluation procedure to assure and maintain stable performance of post-combustion CO2 capture plant integrated with a power plant
BS EN ISO 14064-1-2-3:2019 – TC Greenhouse gases – Specification with guidance for the verification and validation of greenhouse gas statements
BS EN ISO 14064-3:2012 Greenhouse gases – Specification with guidance for the validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertions
PD ISO/TR 14069:2013 Greenhouse gases. Quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions for organizations. Guidance for the application of ISO 14064-1
BS ISO 27919-1:2018 Carbon dioxide capture – Performance evaluation methods for post-combustion CO2 capture integrated with a power plant
19/30387314 DC BS ISO 8178-1 AMD1. Reciprocating internal combustion engines. Exhaust emission measurement – Part 1. Test-bed measurement systems of gaseous and particulate emissions
ASTM D3238 – 22a Standard Test Method for Calculation of Carbon Distribution and Structural Group Analysis of Petroleum Oils by the n-d-M Method
BS EN ISO 14064-2:2019 – TC Greenhouse gases – Specification with guidance at the project level for quantification, monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emission reductions or removal enhancements
12/30268842 DC PD IEC/TR 62725. Analysis of quantification methodologies for greenhouse gas emissions for electrical and electronic products and systems

Companies should start by measuring their carbon footprint once they have decided to achieve carbon neutrality, and the second pillar of the sustainability strategy is to reduce emissions. This should include preparing and reporting a baseline inventory of greenhouse gases, identifying reduction options and quantified targets. Stages towards the target should be monitored continuously. While all mitigation measures have been implemented to the extent feasible, unavoidable greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be offset through investment in emission reduction projects, purchase of carbon credits.

Benefits are clear

Implementing this process will bring significant long-term benefits for the companies concerned. The measurement and analysis of emissions linked to life cycle, value chain and carbon footprint calculations will identify potential hotspots and opportunities to optimise operations.

Their analysis can lead to significant savings in transport, energy use, production and other direct or indirect costs.

In addition, the application of the “polluter pays” principle is increasingly being introduced. Thus, carbon neutral or carbon neutral products and companies are clearly more competitive than non-sustainable ones.

The CO2 pricing aspect is important because it gives the company a good financial incentive to reduce its products and its own emissions year on year.

In addition to production costs, the focus on carbon-neutral companies and carbon-neutral products is also playing an increasing role in sales. According to consumers surveyed on this, 60 to 80 percent are willing to pay more for sustainable products than for the products of less sustainable competitors.

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