BSI British Standards, Defra and the Carbon Trust have recently launched the PAS 2050, a new carbon footprinting standard, which will enable businesses to assess the carbon footprint of their goods and services.

PAS 2050 provides a consistent tool for counting the greenhouse gas emissions embedded in goods and services throughout their entire lifecycle.

It aims to facilitate the progression of businesses beyond managing the emissions created by their own processes towards looking at the opportunities for reducing emissions in the design, making and supplying of products. In this way they will be better equipped to produce goods and services which are less carbon intensive and ultimately to develop new products with lower carbon footprints.