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PAS 2060: implications of the new carbon neutral standard

Last month saw the publication of the PAS 2060 Standard by the British Standards Institute (BSI). The development of the standard was to provide a common and consistent approach for the demonstration of carbon neutrality for organisations, products, events, buildings, towns, cities and services.

Extending on from the PAS 2050, which is a method for measuring the embodied GHG emissions from goods and services across their lifecycle, the new standard allows entities to declare 1. a commitment to and 2. the achievement of carbon neutrality.

The right price for a tonne of carbon: £25

If you've looked into buying carbon offsets, you'll know that there's a huge range of prices. This might seem strange, given that they're all meant to do the same thing: reduce carbon emissions by one tonne.  What exactly is behind the different prices?  And, given the number of economists, environmentalists and businesses complaining about the price, how much should a tonne of carbon cost?

Welcome to our new clients

We’re really pleased to announce our first public sector client, the Electoral Commission.  As well as working hard (very hard at present!) to set the standards for running elections and ensure they are carried out, The Electoral Commission has been pushing to reduce their carbon footprint.  This year they asked Carbon Retirement to validate and offset their remaining footprint in order to meet the Department for Energy and Climate Change Quality Assurance Standard.

Real Business accolade for Carbon Retirement Director

Real Business magazine has included Carbon Retirement Director Jane Burston in their list of 'future FTSE leaders'.  Their 30:30 Vision report highlights Britain's top 30 entrepreneurs under 30, all of whom are bringing new perspectives to their industry.

Tough times for project-offsets

In the past two weeks there have been two major assaults on the integrity of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the UN-approved standard for carbon offsetting and the source of credits for both national governments and privately owned companies.

The first issue to hit the headlines was the ‘recycling’ of CDM credits by the Hungarian government.

Reduce, reduce, reduce...then offset

Given that we're an offsetting firm, you might be forgiven for thinking we'd be in favour of offsetting as a primary component of an environmental strategy.  Well, we're not.

We all know we’re not going to get close to tackling climate change if all everyone does is offset (especially if the current shennanigans continue, but that’s a different story).  So the focus is, and always has to remain, on reducing, reducing, reducing.

A common reporting framework for environmental data is emerging, slowly

The first annual reporting period for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (formerly the Carbon Reduction Commitment) begins this month with more than 5,000 UK firms being required to provide their Annual Report and Footprint Report in July 2011.

Need help with CRC monitoring and reporting?

The registration window for the CRC opens in April. If you are included (you'll already know if you are), there will be administrative work to complete to register your organisation and any subsidiaries. Although you won't need to submit your carbon footprint report until July next year, you need to have a system in place for monitoring energy by April. You should also do some work now to understand how many credits you’ll need to buy in the first sale in April 2011. We can help you comply in a cost effective way and ensure your CRC activities line up with your carbon management plans.

Carbon Retirement named a Smarta 100 business

Carbon Retirement has been chosen by a judging panel including Deborah Meaden and other leading entrepreneurs such as Bebo Founder Michael Birch as a winner of’s inaugural ‘Smarta 100’, and was also selected as one of the ‘Top 5 for Ethics’ from companies included in the list.

The Smarta 100 aims to uncover remarkable small businesses that have gone the extra mile to differentiate themselves from the market or found clever ways to compete, from their marketing plan to their ethical stance.

How to work out your organisation's carbon footprint

As we approach the end of the financial year, many organisations are measuring or preparing to measure their carbon footprint. If you haven't done it before, or want to double check you're on the right lines, here's an overview of how to do it. If your footprint is complex, you need advice or don’t have time, contact us and we can help.

There are six stages to calculating a carbon footprint:


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What people say

  • "This might just be the world's first truly ethical offseting scheme."

    John Grant, Author of The Green Marketing Manifesto
  • "I have never been a fan of carbon offsetting but Carbon Retirement is different"

    Richard Ellis, Group Head of CSR Alliance Boots
  • "I have long thought European Allowances were the best alternative to offsets"

    Joseph Romm, Former environment advisor to Bill Clinton
  • "Carbon Retirement is an innovative idea that has clear differentiation in the market"

    Jo Hill, Unltd.
  • “We benefit from Carbon Retirement's innovative and responsible approach to carbon offsetting.”

    Adam Black, Head of Sustainability Doughty Hanson

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