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ISO 14064 Carbon reporting

Minimising environmental impact through
corporate responsibility

Concern over climate change has stimulated interest in estimating the total amount of greenhouse gasses (GHG) produced during the different stages in the life cycle of goods and services i.e. their production, processing, transportation, sale, use and disposal.

The outcome of these calculations are often referred to as Product Carbon Footprints (PCFs), where carbon footprint is the total amount of GHGs produced for a given activity and product is any good or service that is marketed. PCFs are thus distinct from GHG assessments performed at the level of projects, corporations, supply chains, municipalities, nations or individuals.

The ISO 14064 group of standards is concerned not with the measurement of the overall environmental impact of the production, consumption and disposal of specific products or services over an unspecified time period, but with corporate and project level GHG emissions within annual time frames.

Life Cycle Analysis or Assessment (LCA) is the basic method used in carbon footprinting. LCA studies the environmental aspects and potential impacts throughout a product‘s life cycle (i.e. cradle-to-grave) from raw material acquisition through production, use and disposal.

Being carbon neutral involves calculating your total climate-damaging carbon emissions, reducing them where possible, and then balancing your remaining emissions, often by purchasing a carbon offset: paying to plant new trees or investing in “green” technologies such as solar and wind power.

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There's no question that in the future there will be more pressure on organisations to reduce their carbon footprint

Being Carbon Neutral is not a static state but an engaged process

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The words “green” and “sustainable” are words that are now being seen as a pre-requirement for organisations to be “supplier approved”. There is no doubt that as a society we recognise that things cannot go on as we have always done. Governments and large corporations are looking down the supply chain and want to put a carbon label on their products that can demonstrate to their interested parties that they are aware of and comply with there corporate responsibilities.

Legislation requires us as individuals and organisations to act responsibly towards the environment. The days of chimneys emitting plumes of toxic smoke have long gone.

The fear of many is that being environmentally friendly is a costly exercise. The opposite may be true as with energy costs rising if we examine our energy usage, methods of travelling and determine our waste streams we can be “green and mean”.