What is carbon neutrality and PAS 2060?

  • 12 Aug 2021

Why does carbon neutrality matter for your business?

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Carbon neutrality means not adding new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the atmosphere. Where emissions continue, they must be offset by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere, for example through carbon capture and reforestation that is supported by carbon credit schemes.

Benefits of PAS 2060

Why does carbon neutrality matter for your business?

Governments are increasingly insisting on carbon neutrality. The UK government, for example, has set a target for all businesses to become carbon neutral – or achieve ‘net zero’ GHG emissions – by 2050. In addition, carbon neutrality is a key objective for organizations wishing to:


  • Help combat climate change
  • Enhance your sustainability credentials and increase your resilience
  • Align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs)
  • Gain a competitive edge by offering customers greener products and services
  • Improve business efficiency by cutting energy costs

BSI can provide verification to PAS 2060, the internationally applicable specification for the demonstration of carbon neutrality. Verification to this standard will substantiate claims you make that your business is carbon neutral.

How can PAS 2060 verification help?

Claims by organizations that they are 'carbon neutral' are not always valid and may be met with scepticism. BSI verification to PAS 2060 provides a recognized method of substantiating claims that are genuine.

Does it apply to me?

BSI verification to PAS 2060 applies to organizations of all sizes and sectors. You can use it to demonstrate the carbon neutrality of your entire business or to any uniquely identified subject, such as specific activities, products, services, buildings, projects, or events.

How our BSI verification works

The PAS 2060 standard specifies a four-stage process to demonstrate carbon neutrality. This involves:

Assessment of GHG emissions based on accurate measurement data

Reduction of emissions through a target-driven carbon management plan

Offsetting of excess emissions, often by purchasing carbon credits

Documentation and verification through qualifying explanatory statements and public disclosure.

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