Demonstrate your carbon neutrality status with confidence

Press release - 2 June 2010

A new standard - PAS 2060 Specification for the demonstration of carbon neutrality - has been published by BSI which allows organizations to ensure their carbon neutrality claims are correct and gain customers' confidence.

PAS 2060 has been developed in co-operation with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and household names, including Marks & Spencer, Eurostar and the Cooperative. PAS 2060 helps to restore consumers’ confidence in the credibility of carbon neutrality claims and encourages action on climate change.

PAS 2060 will help businesses:

  • Reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Meet their environmental and sustainability objectives
  • Allow customers to know that carbon neutrality statements are true and reliable
  • Allow organizations to use the same criteria as competitors
  • Improve on energy performance which will reduce energy bills.

PAS 2060 gives guidance on how to quantify, reduce and offset GHG emissions from a specific subject including activities, products, services, buildings, projects and major developments, towns and cities, and events.

PAS 2060 can be used by anyone wanting to cut GHG emissions including regional or local government, communities, organizations/companies or parts of organizations (including brands), clubs or social groups, families and individuals.

At the launch of the PAS 2060 project, Rowland Hill, Sustainability Manager at Marks & Spencer, said: "Marks & Spencer has a commitment to making its store, office and warehouse operations carbon neutral by 2012 as part of our 'Plan A eco-plan'. We have found the term 'carbon neutral' highly effective in communicating and engaging our customers, employees and suppliers. To date, we have been working to develop robust measurements and to achieve the necessary improvements in efficiency expected by our stakeholders. We welcome PAS 2060 as a robust and transparent means of demonstrating carbon neutrality".

About BSI

BSI (British Standards Institution) is a global organization that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, reduce risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Famed for its marks of excellence including the instantly recognizable Kitemark®, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including aerospace, construction, energy, engineering, finance, healthcare, IT and retail. With over 70,000 clients in 150 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.