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PAS 2060:2014 Specification for the demonstration of carbon neutrality

PAS 2060:2014

Specification for the demonstration of carbon neutrality

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Standard number:PAS 2060:2014
Pages:40
Released:2014-04-30
ISBN:978 0 580 83670 1
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PAS 2060:2014


This standard PAS 2060:2014 Specification for the demonstration of carbon neutrality is classified in these ICS categories:
  • 13.020.60 Product life-cycles

This PAS specifies requirements to be met by any entity seeking to demonstrate carbon neutrality through the quantification, reduction and offsetting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a uniquely identified subject. It is not the intention of this PAS to exclude any specific subjects or entities.

It is intended that this specification be used by any entity, including:

  • regional or local government;

  • communities;

  • organizations/companies or parts of organizations (including brands);

  • clubs or social groups;

  • families;

  • individuals.

This specification is applicable to the demonstration of carbon neutrality in respect of any subjects selected and defined by the applying entity, including for their:

  • activities;

  • products;

  • services;

  • buildings;

  • projects and major developments;

  • towns and cities;

  • events.

Achieving carbon neutrality solely through reduction of direct GHG emissions will not be practicable in most instances and hence carbon offsets (see 3.7) are likely to play a role in achieving carbon neutrality. However, this specification does not make provision for a declaration of the achievement of carbon neutrality solely through offsetting other than for the first application period, where to facilitate initiation of the process, concession is made to enable entities to take up the option of making a declaration of the achievement of carbon neutrality solely through carbon offsets. In all subsequent periods it is essential that a reduction in absolute terms and/or a reduction in emission intensity be evident for the defined subject, if carbon neutral status in accordance with PAS 2060 is to be claimed.

This specification provides for communication at two levels. The primary level requires one of two forms of declaration as follows:

  1. The declaration of commitment to carbon neutrality requires the entity to establish the carbon footprint of the subject and to document a carbon footprint management plan describing how the entity intends to achieve carbon neutrality with respect to the defined subject.

  2. The declaration of achievement of carbon neutrality requires the entity to have achieved reductions in the carbon footprint of the subject and to have offset remaining GHG emissions. Such declarations of achievement therefore only apply to the scope and period validated and should the entity intend to extend its claim to future periods, further validation will be required.

The secondary level is a “representative statement” couched in more consumer friendly terms, for use in promotional material. However, the use of a representative statement is only permitted in addition to the publication of the formal declaration.

This specification provides for the validation of declarations by the entity itself as well as by other parties and independent third parties, engaged to do so. To claim compliance with this PAS, it is necessary that the entity satisfy all of the requirements within the specification relevant to the declaration being made.

This specification establishes a set of principles against which the selection of methodologies for GHG emissions quantification and offsetting can be undertaken. It also incorporates examples of widely accepted standards and methodologies (see Annex C) that can be presumed to meet those principles although other standards can also meet this requirement. However, the entity undertaking assessment is still required to confirm that the methodology accepted is being used in accordance with those principles.

Annex A (Normative) sets out the permissible declarations in respect of carbon neutrality including that for a unified declaration for entities wishing to declare both achievement of and future commitment to, carbon neutrality.

Annex B (Informative) provides a list of the information required to complete the qualifying explanatory statement (QES) for each declaration and is appropriate for use as a check list to assist in establishing the completeness of a QES.

The application of proprietary logos or symbols to represent the status of carbon neutrality is outside the scope of this specification.


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