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ISO 14064 - Greenhouse Gases

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Requirements: ISO 14064 – Greenhouse Gases

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in brief

Climate change is the most challenging issue our society faces. The way we address it now will have enduring effects for generations to come.All governments in the world are setting ambitious, yet necessary, targets to slash Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG), as early as 2030.
Every single organisation will need to understand where its GHG are generated, define a plan to reduce these and, if necessary, compensate the residual GHG.

To avoid greenwashing and ensure a levelled playing field, some standards have been developed.

These provide guidance on:

  • how to do calculate the carbon footprint, both at organisational and product level;
  • how to set relevant reduction targets;
  • how to monitor progress;
  • how to report on your carbon footprint and achievements.

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ISO 14064 Strategic Benefits

The adoption of ISO 14064 and PAS 2060 for your carbon footprint calculation and reduction to net zero, will allow your organisation:

  • demonstrate a clear commitment to internal and external stakeholders towards climate change mitigation,
  • steer your strategy towards carbon net-zero, in the short, medium, and long run,
  • avoid future taxes on carbon, by tackling your impact at an early stage,
  • position your organisation ahead of the competition, allowing for sufficient time to address climate change mitigation,
  • provide reliable information to feed your communication strategy
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ISO 14064 Compliance Benefits

The adoption of ISO 14064 and PAS 2060 for your carbon footprint calculation and reduction to net zero, will allow your organisation:

  • establish a reliable information collection and treatment system that can be used for future carbon taxes calculation,
  • provide reliable information to feed into the Streamlined Environmental and Carbon Reporting (SECR),
  • support your ISO 14001 management system, providing a robust approach to energy and GHG emissions objectives and projects.
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ISO 14064 Internal Benefits

The adoption of ISO 14064 and PAS 2060 for your carbon footprint calculation and reduction to net zero, will allow your organisation:

  • reduce the energy consumption and related costs,
  • improve the efficiency of processes,
  • ensure a robust internal monitoring process,
  • demonstrate a clear commitment towards Climate Change mitigation.
  • Better process integration
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ISO 14064 : 2018 FAQs

Most frequently asked questions about ISO 14064:2018

What does Carbon Footprint mean?
  • The carbon footprint is the volume of greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) emitted by the direct or indirect effect of our actions. These greenhouse gases are reported in terms of CO2 equivalent (CO2e): the universal unit used to compare the emissions from various greenhouse gases based on their global-warming potential.

What is ISO 14064:2018?
  • ISO 14064:2018 is the ISO internationally recognized standard for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) accounting, used to quantify, manage, and report an Organisations direct and indirect GHG emissions. 
  • It facilitates the development of GHG emission reduction strategies and removal techniques. It also enables the ability to track performance compared to a calculated baseline.
  • ISO 14064:2018 uses transparent methodology, enabling third party replication / verification which enhances the reputation and credibility of the standard.
  • ISO 14064:2018 translates scientific knowledge into a tool, supporting sustainable business growth and the transition to a low carbon economy.
What is the structure of the standard?

ISO 14064 is comprised of three standards respectively: However, to be clear, at AvISO we only provide ISO 14064-1 assistance at the time of writing.

  • ISO 14064-1 Part 1: ‘Specification with guidance at the organizational level- for Quantification and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals’, provides principles and requirements for quantifying and reporting an organization’s carbon footprint.
  • ISO 14064-2 Part 2: ‘Specification with Guidance at the Project Level- for Quantification, Monitoring and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions or Removal Enhancements’, provides requirements at project level for quantification and monitoring and reporting of activities that intended to reduce GHG emissions or increase removals. Including identifying and managing carbon sinks and sources.
  • ISO 14064-3 Part 3: ‘Specification with Guidance for the Validation and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Assertions’- provides principles, requirements, and guidance for individuals conducting or managing verification or validation of organizational carbon inventory reports or project-level assertions.
What are the benefits of ISO 14064-1:2018?
  • Comprehensive GHG accounting allows your Organisation to prepare and monitor a GHG inventory that represents a true and fair account of total emissions then develop a climate strategy to continually improve climate performance.
  • A Carbon Management Plan helps to set targets and actions for carbon reduction in your organisation. 
  • Aids with identification of GHG emission ‘hotspots’ across the Organisation, which increases the potential and provides guidance towards emissions reductions.
  • Identified areas of inefficiency stimulate innovation leading to process change and cost savings, such as from decreased energy usage.
  • Meet or get ahead of evolving customer, shareholder, investor regulatory and legal needs and expectations.
  • Gain brand credibility and build trust with interested parties.
  • Risk and Opportunity Management, such as climate related, litigation, new markets, and supply chain. 
  • Applicable to participate in GHG registries and GHG markets such as the UK ETS.
What is the difference between Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions?
  • Scope 1 covers emissions from sources that an organisation owns or controls directly – for example from burning fuel to power operational procedures.
  • Scope 2 refers to the emissions produced indirectly – such as from the electricity or energy purchased for heating and cooling buildings.
  • Scope 3 encompasses emissions that are not produced by the company itself, but indirect emissions that occur in a company’s value chain. For example, purchased goods and services, employee commuting, leased assets and waste disposal. Only significant Scope 3 emissions are mandatory for ISO 14064:2018.
What are the 5 Principles for GHG Inventory accounting and reporting?
  • Relevance: Select GHG sources, data and methodologies appropriate to reflect the GHG emissions of the company and services the needs of internal and external parties.
  • Completeness: Include and report on all GHG emission sources and removals within the scope of the business. Disclose and justify any specific exclusions.
  • Consistency: Using consistent methodologies and transparently documenting changes to the data, to allow for meaningful comparisons of emissions over time. 
  • Transparency: Disclose sufficient GHG-related information in an objective, understandable way to allow intended users to verify the credibility. Disclose any relevant assumptions or exclusions. 95% of all emissions should be accounted for.
  • Accuracy: Data should be precise to assure users that the reported information is valid and unbiased. 
What are the steps towards calculating our carbon footprint?
  • Firstly, the company should identify the intended uses (e.g., GHG Programme, Policies, compliance, etc.) and users (e.g., clients, governmental organisations, interested parties, etc.) of the carbon footprint. This will help identify the boundaries, activities, and source of emissions to include in the GHG inventory, as well as the level of requirements of the carbon footprint. 
  • Secondly, the team that is going to coordinate the carbon footprint calculation must be assigned responsibility for the success of the data collection and management phase. Data quality is paramount for reducing uncertainties regarding carbon footprint calculations.
  • Finally, the data previously collected is used in the quantification of GHG emissions to produce the carbon footprint report. Once this has been completed, actions to reduce GHGs can be implemented.
What is required for the maintenance of ISO 14064-1
  • There is no certification in ISO 14064-1 but verification. Hence, there is no need for audits or recertification. The verification does not have a validity period. However, companies should quantify their carbon footprints every year and ask for external verification (if desired) to be able to track changes in emissions and check if they are reducing emissions.
What are Organisational and Operational Boundaries?
  • Organisational Boundaries refer to the Scope covered by ISO 14064-1, for example parent and child companies or across multiple sites. If covering multiple sites / facilities GHG emissions are consolidated via two methods: Control (the organisation considers all GHG emissions and removals from facilities over which they have financial / operational control) or Equity Share (the organisation takes account for its share as a percentage of GHG emissions from respective facilities).
  • Reporting/ Operational Boundaries – documented identification of GHG emissions and removals linked to business operations. Documented procedures for determining which Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions are to be included in the GHG inventory.
Why should we use AvISO consultancy?
  • We understand that no business is the same, and therefore our approach is always to provide a bespoke and tailored service based on client requirements. Upon reviewing your requirements, we are confident that we can achieve your goals within an appropriate timeframe. We will work with you collaboratively to understand the immediate and long-term environmental impacts of products, services and processes offered.
  • AvISO Consultancy provides Consultancy, Software & Training solutions with 100% UKAS accreditation success rate. AvISO is a trusted partner to national and international clients. Working with SMEs to Multinational Enterprise Organisations, assisting with ISO Standard Certification, ISO Management Systems & Compliance requirements.
  • We are certified to Quality ISO 9001:2015 and Cyber Essentials Standards.
  • Our consultants are experts in their chosen specialisation, able to provide bespoke advice for your business.  By tailoring the standard to your business rather than the other way around, we maximise value for our clients throughout the certification and maintenance process.
  • AvISO is proud to be a recommended ISO Consultancy by the major UKAS Accredited Certification Bodies, including BSI, Bureau Veritas, SGS, ISOQAR, NQA and BAB.
What differentiates us from the carbon calculators available online?
  • We follow all the requirements set by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and we use DEFRA conversion factors that are published each year. Therefore, our methodology is more accurate, and we develop a bespoke carbon calculator for your business. 
  • We also provide training to staff on carbon data collection, develop carbon emissions monitoring and reduction plans, help to set carbon reduction targets and reliable data collection procedures. This tailored approach helps businesses to develop organisational carbon knowledge for improving data collection procedures, which are critical for the carbon footprint quantification. 
Do I need an ISO consultant?
  • No, you don’t. However, it is worth considering the time and cost of a workforce required to set up an ISO standard versus an external management consultant providing guidance and support to ensure conformity and certification.
How much does ISO 14064:2018 certification cost?
  • Prices for implementation vary depending on the size and complexity of your Organisation. However, you can call 01892800476 or email info@avisoconsultancy.co.uk for further information and a quote.
  • We have developed an in-house cost calculator, which includes external UKAS accredited certification fees. You can check this out on our LinkedIn page here.
What is your experience with ISO 14064-1:2018?
  • We have an exceptional team of BS 8900 consultants (encompassing all forms of sustainable development). AvISO has extensive experience supporting organisations with a variety of requirements, including sustainability and carbon reduction consultancy. We work extremely hard for our clients to help them tackle the unique challenges they face and proactively approach them with new ideas and solutions to problems. We can do this effectively because we are a true specialist in the provision of sustainable solutions.
How long does it take to implement ISO 14064-1:2018?

It depends on the scale and complexity of your Organisation

Do AvISO consultants specialise in any one ISO standard?
  • Our consultants are certified lead auditors, experienced in implementing and maintaining ISO management systems. Typically, our consultants specialise in 1-3 specific ISO standards and AvISO will assign our consultants with skillsets matching our client requirements.
How much of the required information gathering can be done remotely?
  • Most, if not all, of the necessary information, can be securely gathered and shared online through SharePoint. This is a secure method of safely sharing and updating documents online to maintain and support your management system. 
Who needs to be involved in ISO 14064-1?
  • Responsibility for the daily ISO 14064-1data collection will be delegated to a competent employee with a good working knowledge of the organisation.

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