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Calculating carbon emissions of ICT products and services

New global guidance will provide common approaches for calculating carbon emissions of ICT products and services

ICT companies and their customers will soon have common approaches and methodologies to calculate the carbon footprints of ICT products and services thanks to industry guidance due to be published at the end of the year.

The guidance is being developed through a collaboration between the Carbon Trust, the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI).

It will also involve NGOs, government experts and academics. GeSI is playing a leading role in bringing ICT companies on board and in promoting the initiative to the ICT industry. Already a number of major global ICT companies have committed their support.

This guidance will be published as an ICT Sector Supplement to the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Product Accounting and Reporting Standard – part of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative, which is the most widely used global accounting and reporting standard for corporate GHG emissions.


Source: Carbon Trust website

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