The CO2 pillar of GSE-Standard is for the most part based on ISO 14064-1:2019 and ISO 50001:2018. The GSES CO2 pillar standard further contains specific requirements for reporting and verification of the organization’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and CO2 offset/compensation.
Each organization is responsible for a certain amount of greenhouse gas emissions (either direct or indirect). What organizations can do is:
By working on the CO2 Pillar of the GSE-Standard, an organization can contribute to the realization of the following SDGs: 7, 13 and 17.
The CO2 Pillar checks context analysis in the same way as the other pillars:
The Pillar checks if management is committed and shows leadership with regard to CO2.
According to this standard, a company’s policy must include:
To support choosing the actions with the most impact, insight is required. Starting with a scope analysis enables the organization to map its current ‘greenhouse gas footprint’. The emission flows can be divided into three different scopes:
The CO2 Pillar asks about which scopes have been including and if CO2 management is implemented and supported by:
Looking at what an organization actually achieves, the CO2 Pillar asks about:
The GSES system checks if performance is measured, monitored and assessed with quantitative targets, if this assessment is audited and if the organization draws conclusions from the assessment and works towards continuous improvement.