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A new Accreditation Body from the USA…looking at Carbon Footprint of Product!

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Two major accreditation bodies, ANSI and ANAB, have recently merged to form the new main reference for guiding the development of accreditation process in the US. The new subject has maintained the name of ANAB, but the acronym takes on a different meaning (ANSI National Accreditation Board), in order to symbolize the intimate fusion between the two subjects. The merger was presented last week in Nashville by Lane Hallenbeck, Executive Director of ANAB, during the first joint annual meeting of assessors that joined the new accreditation body. The three days of work were also an opportunity for Daniele Pernigotti – recently qualified as Lead Technical Assessor for GHG by ANSI – to present in front of colleagues working in the…

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The EEA Renewable Energy Report

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The recent EEA (Energy Environment Agency) report on Renewable Energy in Europe, highlighted the development in the energy sector and related areas. The rate of renewable energy has doubled from 2005 to 2016, but has to be recorded a slight decrease in recent years as a result of the increase in the energy consumption and the poor progress in the transport sector. The 16.7% rate in 2016, together with the 17.4% estimated in 2017, show the real chance of reaching the 20% target in 2020. A turnaround is certainly necessary in order to reach the objective of 32% (at least) of renewable energy sources in 2030. The use of renewable energy sources within the member states is multifaceted: Austria, Denmark,…

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The carbon management ISO standards at COP 24.

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The Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP 24) has concluded Saturday night, with the final negotiation outcome characterized by lights and shadows (for further details click here, Italian only). Among the numerous official side events within the COP, there was also a dedicated event to the carbon management ISO standards. Daniele Pernigotti, coordinator of the ISO working group that has led to the publication of ISO 14067: 2018 (Carbon Footprint of Product), has also illustrated the affinities between the SC7 (subcommittee of climate change) and the UNFCCC negotiation. The activities of the SC7 are, in fact, divided as follow: – MRV – mitigation; – adaptation; – climate finance. Pernigotti has also presented the main contents of ISO 14067, together with the…

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Outcomes of the Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP 24): it’s what’s possible, but not what’s necessary!

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The Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP 24) has ended Saturday night, one and half day later, after two weeks of discordant and emotional negotiations. The main objective of the meeting was to develop a range of measures that will make the Paris “rulebook” operational in 2020, and to strengthen the commitments to reduce CO2 emissions globally, especially following the IPCC Special Report Global Warming of 1.5°C. In the light of non suitable political circumstances of the eve, considering the well-known opposition of President Trump to the Paris Agreement, that was recently joined by the new Australian premier – leading of a change in government that has clearly disavowed the climate policies signed by the previous government – and the newly…

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An article worth reading

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This New York Times article summarizes the state of the climate challenge very well. For those who do not have time to read it all, here are some key excerpts: We’d need to spread the world’s best climate practices globally — like electric cars in Norway, energy efficiency in California, land protection in Costa Rica, solar and wind power in China, vegetarianism in India, bicycle use in the Netherlands. We’d face opposition the whole way. To have a prayer of 1.5 degrees Celsius, we would need to leave most of the remaining coal, oil and gas underground, compelling the Exxon Mobils and Saudi Aramcos to forgo anticipated revenues of over $33 trillion over the next 25 years. And while the air would…

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1.5 ° C? We can do it, but the will is missing

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There is great expectations for the IPCC report on the 1.5 °C scenario that will be presented today in South Korea. The statements issued to The Guardian by Drew Shindell, climatologist from Duke University and co-author of the report, herald a scenario as dull and worrying. Nowhere in the world there seem to be governments remotely in line with the commitments to reduce emissions, consistent with a scenario that limits to 1.5 ° C the rise in temperature. Achieving this goal “would be theoretically possible, but it is extremely unlikely”. Obviously the problem is mainly related to the production and use of energy and the cure is well known: a serious phaseout of fossil fuels, particularly coal, mass deployment of…

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Big news from ISO about the Circular Economy (CE)

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There is great excitement for the development of international standardisation on the Circular Economy (CE). The second meeting of the ISO/TC 207 ad hoc working group dedicated to this topic (AHG on CE) was held on the 20th and 21st September in Milan, at the Accredia headquarters. The AHG, led by Daniele Pernigotti, was asked to summarise the state of the existing standardisation at ISO/TC 207 level and useful for the purposes of the CE, as well as areas where it is necessary to develop further technical standardisation. Pernigotti will report the outcomes of the works of the AHG on CE on November 3rd in Foshan, China, to the CAG (Chair Advisory Group) of ISO/TC 207. The AHG on CE…

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The new book by Daniele Pernigotti comes out today: ISO 14001 and Green Economy, UNI Editions

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The 2015 edition of ISO 14001 introduces an important change of a strategic nature for the Environmental Management Systems (EMS). However, the recent completion of the transition to the new standard has shown that not all organizations have fully understood its scope, sometimes limiting themselves to introducing some formal changes in system procedures and failing to fully involve company management in this transition phase. And it is precisely to the top management of the company that this book is addressed to illustrate how the ISO 14001 can support them to guide companies towards the Green economy, a concept that can no longer be seen as a hypothetical utopia, but as a crucial element for every successful company.

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The new ISO 14067 is presented exclusively to Asian programme operators

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The new ISO 14067 standard on Carbon Footprint of product was presented on Wednesday 12th September in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The speech by Daniele Pernigotti, convenor of the ISO working group responsible for the development of the standard, took place during the annual seminar of the Asia Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN), the main Asian association of programme operators for the CFP. Pernigotti reiterated the importance of promoting the adoption of the entire ISO package for GHG verification and its accreditation (ISO 14064-3 and ISO 14065), in order to adopt a consistent approach in the various countries, an essential prerequisite to possibly obtain the sign of an MRA (Mutual Recognition Agreement) on a global level. Following, there has been the presentation…

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