Environmental Management

PAS 2060

PAS 2060 is the only internationally recognised standard for carbon neutrality.



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What Is PAS 2060?

To minimise the effects of climate change, countries need to significantly reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and their total greenhouse gas emissions. A large portion of which comes from commercial and industrial activities, therefore businesses must bear the responsibility for minimising emissions and overall environmental protection.

To show their commitment to protecting the environment, companies often claim to be carbon neutral, or that their emissions do not contribute to a net increase in global emission levels. PAS 2060 is an internationally recognised standard designed to verify the accuracy of these claims and help companies achieve true carbon neutrality through earnest means. 

Developed by the British Standards Institution and implemented in 2010, PAS 2060 presents four key stages to carbon neutrality — measurement, reduction, offsetting and documentation. At the end of the process, businesses can pursue certification by an accredited certification body like NQA. Although the standard does allow companies to purchase carbon credits as part of the process, it's important to note that offsets must meet certain criteria, and companies cannot receive PAS 2060 certification using offsetting alone.

The standard builds on existing environmental standards such as ISO 14001 and PAS 2050, which deal with the emissions of products throughout their lifespans. No matter what sector you operate in, your organisation can use the PAS 2060 standard to strengthen relationships with customers and contribute to the long-term stability of life on Earth.

Helps you with

The benefits of PAS 2060 certification make reducing your organisation's greenhouse gas emissions well worth the effort.
This standard helps organisations:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Build better environmental policy
  • Invest in meaningful carbon offsets
  • Increase environmental transparency
  • Establish a responsible brand image
  • Strengthen customer loyalty
  • Boost resource efficiency and lower spending
  • Meet the supplier requirements of sustainable brands
  • Comply with current and future environmental regulations

Is PAS 2060 Certification Right For Me?

PAS 2060 applies to a wide variety of industries and business models. This means you can implement the standard and reap the benefits whether you manufacture a product, operate a building or transportation system, provide a service, run an event or conduct another type of business.

PAS 2060 certification might be right for you if:

  • You want to support your environmental claims with impartial verification and evidence.

  • You need to reduce your emissions and improve your environmental record to remain competitive.

  • You want to meet customer demand for more environmentally-friendly products and services.

  • You hope to serve as a supplier for more environmentally-conscious businesses.

  • Your claims of carbon neutrality have been met with skepticism in the past.

Why Become PAS 2060 Certified?

PAS 2060 certification is voluntary. However, there are still many reasons to implement the standard beyond environmental responsibility.

Certification by an independent third party gives your organization more credibility, helping you build public trust and ensuring you get proper credit for the carbon-reduction policies you implement. It can also help you use resources more efficiently and reduce energy spending for greater profit margins.

How NQA Can Help

A certification body should provide value for your money when you choose to become PAS 2060 certified. At NQA, we provide a comprehensive selection of certification services.

We perform rigorous certification audits while providing the support you need to understand the technical requirements of certification. To learn more about our PAS 2060 certification services, please contact us online today.

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