Cleaner air for all


September 2006

To help organizations respond to the challenges of climate change the British Standards Institution (BSI) has published three new international standards intended for use not just by environmentalists but all government departments, businesses and organizations.

Global initiatives to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere rely on the quantification, monitoring, reporting and verification of GHG emissions and/or removals, driven largely by the Kyoto Protocol which became part of international law on 16 February 2005. The Kyoto Protocol identifies the need for a standardized process for reporting climate change emission or removal inventories, and promoting their formal verification and validation by third parties.

New international standards - BS ISO 14064:1-3

Nigel Carter, BSI committee chairman of SES/1/-/5 Greenhouse Gas Management said:
“The challenge of climate change remains high on the agenda of large corporate energy users. BS ISO 14064 provides an alternative and transparent process for verifying GHG emissions and for validating potential projects for offsetting removals.”

“The market for offsets in climate change emissions continues to grow. Outside the realms of the EU and the regional trading schemes, ISO 14064 offers a unique medium for companies wishing to validate capacity internationally or verify offsets they are seeking to acquire. In addition, the imminent publication of the complementary standard ISO 14065, will give competent bodies the opportunity to establish schemes for accredited verifiers and validators bringing the ultimate authority for transactions.”

BS ISO 14064 parts 1-3 provides guidance at both the organization and project levels for the design, compilation, maintenance and reporting of GHG inventories; the planning and monitoring of project performance as well as guidance for those managing validation or certification of GHG assertions.