PAS 2050 is the first standard of its kind and was developed by the BSI Group (a British standards organisation) and “defra” (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs UK) and is a UK initiative published in October 2008. Since 2011 the second version is available.
PAS is not only a British standard, but is of importance throughout Europe and worldwide. PAS 2050 was developed because society and industry wanted a uniform method for assessing the life cycle of greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services.
PAS 2050 builds on the existing life cycle assessment methodologies BS EN ISO 14040 and 14044 by specifying the requirements for assessing the life cycle of greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services.
For companies in the goods and services sector PAS 2050 means
– enables internal assessment of existing greenhouse gas emissions
– facilitates evaluation of alternative products (procurement, production, raw material selection, etc.)
– provides a benchmark for ongoing programmes (concepts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions)
– enables the goods or services to be compared using a common, recognised and standardised approach
– supports reporting on corporate responsibility
For consumers of goods and services PAS 2050 means
– represents a common basis for reporting and transmitting the results
– offers the chance for more consumer protection