GHG standards revamp
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Environmental standards for greenhouse gases (GHGs) are to be overhauled in response to changes in the market, ISO has announced.
The standards were created in 2006 to help reduce GHG emissions and for use in emissions trading. The ISO technical committee for GHG management, TC207/SC7, is reviewing ISO 14064-1 greenhouse gases, part 1, which provides guidance for organisations to quantify and report their greenhouse-gas emissions.
The revision will focus on establishing a more standardised reporting frame. ISO 14064-2 greenhouse gases, part 2, which covers quantification, monitoring and reporting of GHG emissions at the project level, will be expanded to cover carbon credits and innovative technology projects.
ISO 14064-3 greenhouse gases, part 3, which supports the validation and verification of GHG assertions, and ISO 14065, the standard for verification bodies for use in accreditation, will both be updated to serve new markets, such as product carbon footprint verifications.
The new standards are expected to be published by mid-2016. “With the increasing focus on monitoring, reporting and verification of GHGs across the world, this revision is needed by regulators, consumers and users,” said Lesley Wilson, programme manager at BSI.
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