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Methods Review to support the PAS 2050 on measuring embodied GHG emissions in products and services - EV02074

Description
Defra and the Carbon Trust (CT) are co-sponsoring the British Standards Institution (BSI) to develop a Publically Available Specification (PAS) for the measurement of the embodied greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of products and services across their life cycle. This is in response to market interest in understanding the contribution products and services make to climate change and a requirement for a standardised, consistent method organisations can use for this measurement. Existing methods e.g. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as per ISO14040 and the associated 14041-44, 48-49 suite, already provides a specification for doing this, but can be seen as resource intensive in certain instances especially for SMEs. The PAS aims to provide a simplified approach that could be used by a greater diversity of product types and organisations. Key criteria for the method defined in the PAS is to enable its use in a range of applications to include for comparison and communication e.g. labelling, Green Supply Chain Management (SCM), Ecodesign etc .

In support of PAS2050 and to inform the PAS team and Steering Group, Defra commissioned this independent fitness-for-purpose review of the current methods relevant to measuring embodied GHG of products and services. These were Process LCA (e.g. defined in ISO14040), Input Out (IO) LCA, Hybrid (H) LCA.
Project Documents
• Final Report : PAS Methods Review Full Report   (1939k)
• Executive Summary : PAS Methods Review Executive Summary   (231k)
• General : METHODS REVIEW TO SUPPORT THE PAS2050 FOR THE MEASUREMENT OF THE EMBODIED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS OF PRODUCTS   (143k)
• Technical Summary : PAS Methods Review 1 page summary   (98k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2007

To: 2007

Cost: £20,197
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Stockholm Environment Institute
Keywords
Economic Research              
Environment              
Sustainable Development              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production