Having measured and reduced their carbon footprints, some organisations wish to go the extra step and achieve a certified carbon neutral status that they can publicise to their customers, suppliers or shareholders. A carbon neutral status can be achieved for a whole organisation or for specific services, products or events.
PAS 2060 - a carbon neutral standard
The Publicly Available Standard (PAS) 2060 was published by the British Standards Institute (BSI) in April 2010 and aims to provide a consistent approach for organisations to demonstrate carbon neutrality.
To achieve the standard organisations must calculate their carbon footprint, in line with one of the following recognised methodologies:
- Defra's guidance on measuring and reporting carbon footprints for companies
- The GHG protocol which is one of the most widely used methodologies
- ISO 14064 for organisational footprints
- ISO 14040 or PAS 2050 for product footprints
Once organisations have calculated their footprint they must then produce a Carbon Footprint Management Plan describing how they intend to reduce their emissions and achieve carbon neutrality.