» UKAS begins carbon footprint assessment trials

14 September, 2009

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has launched a pilot project for the accreditation of the assessment of the life cycle green house gas emissions of goods and services. Working with six separate certification bodies, the UKAS trial covers the certification of products and services to the new PAS 2050 standard and its accompanying Code of Good Practice.

PAS 2050 provides a method for assessing emissions, from initial sourcing of raw materials through manufacture, transport and ultimately recycling of waste. The aim of the new specification is to help businesses move beyond managing the emissions their own processes create and look at the opportunities for reducing emissions in design, manufacture and supply. Published by the British Standards Institute, PAS 2050 is co-sponsored by both the Carbon Trust and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

David Hayward, Development Manager, UKAS said “the establishment of an accredited certification standard to PAS 2050 will help businesses provide goods or services that are less carbon intensive and ultimately develop new products with lower carbon footprints. Using standards in this area establishes a common approach, meaning that consumers and businesses can have confidence that the life cycle green house gas emissions statements for products and reduction claims have been derived using a consistent methodology. UKAS accreditation underpins this activity, ensuring that accredited third party assessments to PAS 2050 are thorough and robust.”

The pilot project is due to be completed in March 2010, when the results will dictate if any change in approach is needed. Once finalised, the system will be opened up to new applicants.