» Accreditations granted for verification to PAS 2050 and the Code of Good Practice

01 January, 2013

Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2050 was developed in response to broad community and industry desire for a consistent method for assessing the life cycle green house gas (GHG) emissions of goods and services. The development of the PAS was sponsored by DEFRA and the Carbon Trust. It is being used by a variety of organisations for a wide range of goods and services. This activity is sometimes referred to as ‘product carbon footprinting’. There is a related standard produced by the Carbon Trust (the Code of Good Practice) that deals with the communication of life cycle GHG emissions information and claims of reductions.

UKAS has been working with a group of verification bodies to develop accreditation in this new area. We have run a pilot assessment programme with the verification bodies assessed against an accreditation standard specifically intended for greenhouse gas verification activities (ISO 14065). The details of the assessment methodology and the application of the accreditation criteria were discussed with the pilot group to ensure that a consistent approach was being used.

The pilot programme has now concluded and UKAS has accredited four verification bodies to verify against the requirements of PAS 2050 or to the Code of Good Practice.

(PAS 2050: 2008 Specification for the assessment of the life cycle green house gas emissions of goods and services
ISO 14065 – Greenhouse gases — Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition)