|December 20, 2007|
CSA in Climate Change
|Toronto, Canada (CNW) - the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), a leading developer of standards and codes, has announced the availability of its CSA in Climate Change Background Report. The new white paper was developed to help provide the media, public, academia, government bodies and other stakeholders with a comprehensive overview of CSA’s role in supporting the development and deployment of technologies, services and processes that seek to reduce the impact of climate change.|
The CSA in Climate Change Background Report outlines how CSA is leveraging its core strengths such as engaging stakeholders, facilitating technology innovation and adoption, and diffusing knowledge and resources to help address climate change issues. The report also identifies many of the tools and training solutions offered by CSA to help organizations with the four basic components of a GHG Management plan: measuring their current carbon footprint, quantifying and publicly reporting emissions reductions, tracking and identifying improvement, and public recognition for their efforts.
Large emitters - that is, those facilities emitting more than 100,000 tons of CO2 per year - have faced the threat of mandatory emission reductions for some time. And many started producing greenhouse gas inventory reports years ago.
Today, there are thousands of organizations, small and large, involved in light industrial activities, manufacturing, services and retailing throughout North America, that do not fall under regulations. Yet the most progressive among them are seeking ways to voluntarily measure and improve their carbon footprint, to improve performance, satisfy stakeholders and enhance their reputations. This voluntary sector is fueling demand for credible emission reducing projects...and for proper recognition of efforts to improve the carbon footprint.
Climate change is now driving public policy and corporate decisions. It is also altering consumer behaviour and rewarding those who build environmental sustainability into their practices... the ones who introduce leading edge technologies to reduce energy consumption.
Due to Canada’s diverse geography, more than 50 per cent of this country’s gross domestic product is estimated to be affected by climate change and extreme weather events. For good reason, climate change has become intertwined with politics, culture, economics and society as a whole.
Today’s senior decision-makers want to know the size of their organization’s carbon footprint. They are looking for cost-effective ways to improve carbon management - voluntarily. And they want tools to measure and report on their progress.
The report notes that all organizations, regardless of size, should consider four essential tools:
Third, they want a way to be publicly recognized for their efforts.
Finally, they need credible carbon reduction projects to become carbon neutral. The IS0 14064-2 standard offers a solution for achieving this, through its independent, third-party verification of emission reductions.
For More Information: Canadian Standards Association