Category: Standards

Investors can now police net-zero claims with this new tool

Read the full story at Bloomberg Quint.

As corporations have churned out net-zero CO2 pledges, investors have so far had little hope of holding them to account. That’s about to change. The Science Based Targets initiative, a widely respected framework for certifying corporate climate policies, is introducing a Net Zero Standard to provide an “independent assessment of corporate net-zero target setting.” That means there’s now a tool that can reveal whether the growing list of companies — 600 and counting — that are promising net-zero emissions by mid-century actually have credible plans to reach that goal.

Global rule maker created for ESG disclosure standards

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

The supervisor for global accounting rules announced Wednesday the creation of a board to draw up corporate disclosure standards for environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, including carbon emissions.

The launch of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow responds to rising pressure from investors, lawmakers and other stakeholders for consistent, standardized rules for ESG disclosure. Currently, CFOs aiming to adopt ESG disclosure standards must choose from more than 15 competing sustainability reporting frameworks that vary in detail and scope.

The ISSB “standards will form a comprehensive global baseline of sustainability disclosures,” according Erkki Liikanen, chair of the trustees for the IFRS Foundation, which oversees the International Accounting Standards Board. “They can be used on a standalone basis or integrated into jurisdictional requirements to serve broader stakeholder or other public policy needs,” he said at Glasgow, noting “overwhelming demand for global sustainability standards.”

What does it mean for students to be environmentally literate in 2021?

Read the full story from WNIJ.

Students no longer see environmental issues like climate change as a future threat. They look at raging wildfires and massive power outages and see an active crisis.

That’s one reason the Illinois Environmental Education Association just rewrote their environmental literacy framework for the first time in a decade.

GreenScreen Certified™ for Cleaners & Degreasers in Manufacturing launched

Clean Production Action has released GreenScreen Certified,™ for Cleaners & Degreasers in Manufacturing to promote safer chemical use and innovation in the electronics sector and beyond.

Industrial cleaners and degreasers account for some of the highest use materials in the electronics sector and are under increasing scrutiny from regulators and environmental health and safety organizations. Clean Production Action developed the new certification with Apple, a leader in safer chemistry adoption, to create clear criteria for assessing the safety of cleaners used in the electronics industry and beyond. 

For years, Apple has used GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals to assess and promote safer chemicals in their supply chain and 100% of their supplier final assembly sites now utilize only approved safer cleaners. Today’s launch of GreenScreen Certified creates a path towards an industry-wide transformation by making information about safer alternatives readily available throughout the electronics industry.   

“These standards represent a new playbook to help companies everywhere use safer chemicals that are better for people’s health and for the planet,” said Kathleen Shaver, Apple’s director of environment and supply chain innovation. “We’re always innovating and glad to work with our partners to help drive the use of safer chemicals across industries.”

GreenScreen Certified™ for Cleaners & Degreasers in Manufacturing joins the family of GreenScreen certifications that are advancing safer chemicals in products. The criteria for GreenScreen certifications are freely and publicly available and build upon the well-established GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals benchmark scores. Certification requirements include full ingredient disclosure, compliance with a comprehensive list of prohibited substances including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and testing to demonstrate the absence of priority restricted chemicals and chemical classes.

“Knowing which products are safer for workers in the electronics sector is a complicated task,” said Shari Franjevic, GreenScreen Program Manager. “GreenScreen Certified for Cleaners & Degreasers in Manufacturing now provides assurance that these products are third party certified and free of thousands of chemicals of high concern. We are very proud to supply another tool in the toolbox for safer chemistry innovation.”

For further information on the certification go to: https://www.greenscreenchemicals.org/certified/cleaners-degreasers-standard

Register for the webinar November 18, 2021 at 3:00 PM EDT: https://www.greenscreenchemicals.org/resources/entry/webinar-safer-cleaners-degreasers-for-electronics


About Clean Production Action

Clean Production Action is an independent, non-profit organization based in the United States. Our mission is to design and deliver strategic solutions for green chemicals, sustainable materials, and environmentally preferable products. Our core programs are: GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals, BizNGO, Chemical Footprint Project, and Investor Environmental Health Network.

About GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals

GreenScreen is a globally recognized tool designed to assess and benchmark chemicals based on hazard. Companies, governments, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) use GreenScreen benchmark scores to identify chemicals of concern to human health and the environment, select safer alternatives, and to track and communicate their progress. GreenScreen criteria and guidance are fully transparent and available for anyone to use.

About GreenScreen Certified™

Built upon GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals, GreenScreen Certified™ is an independent, non-profit certification that promotes the use of inherently safer chemicals in products and manufacturing.

Responsible Minerals Initiative unveils ESG Standard

Read the full story at Mining Magazine.

The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) today announced the release of its Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Standard to further improve conditions for workers, address environmental and community impacts, and manage governance risks in all mineral supply chains.

New zero waste standard helps companies demonstrate progress in sustainability journey

Read the news release at Waste360.

SCS Global Services (SCS), a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development, today announced the launch of its new Zero Waste Standard. This new global certification standard enables companies to demonstrate the degree to which their waste streams are prevented, reused, or diverted from the landfill. It is robust yet flexible to allow companies to demonstrate incremental improvements, and to stimulate participation based on regional supply chain differences. As companies look to improve their ESG ratings and strengthen their corporate messages and investment profiles, this third-party certification will provide assurance year-after-year for corporations and their individual facility sites.

New C2C Certified Product Standard Pushes Companies Beyond Compliance, Toward Leadership

Read the full story at Sustainable Brands.

The corporate sustainability landscape has become an increasingly complex one to navigate in recent years. Interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance has grown considerably — a trend compounded by rising stakeholder expectations around materiality, reporting, disclosure and accountability.

It is against this backdrop that the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has released Version 4.0 of its Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard. According to the Institute, Version 4.0 is the most ambitious yet in terms of helping companies and product designers find those touchpoints where they can make the most difference and drive meaningful action at scale.

NRCS Practice Standards for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction and Carbon Sequestration

This table ranks Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Practices Standards by their greenhouse gas reduction and carbon sequestration benefits. It also briefly summarizes the beneficial attributes of the standards

Linking the SDGs and the GRI Standards

This document links the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the Global Reporting Initiative’s standards to make it easier for companies to report show how their sustainability efforts are moving them toward meeting the SDGs.

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and SYSTEMIQ launch MiQ to tackle methane emissions from the oil and gas sector

MiQ, the independent, not-for-profit partnership between Rocky Mountain Institute and SYSTEMIQ, aims to facilitate a rapid reduction in methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.

MiQ has designed the MiQ Certification system, which, adopted at scale, will create a differentiated market for natural gas for buyers and sellers. MiQ Certification will be assessed against the MiQ Standard in an independent, third-party audited system.

Methane leaked into the atmosphere is, in the short term, a much more powerful climate pollutant than CO2. The oil and gas industry emits over 84 million tons of methane each year, which equates to the total emissions from the world’s on-road transport fleet. Therefore, it is vital and opportune to dramatically and urgently reduce methane emissions from the production of natural gas.

The first independently audited certification of its kind, the MiQ Certification, will work to complement existing voluntary schemes and regulations to rapidly reduce methane emissions in upstream gas production. This market-based certification will allow for the differentiation of the gas markets based on methane emissions performance and, therefore, generate different price levels that create an economic incentive for companies that are lagging behind to invest in methane abatement.

The MiQ Standard assesses natural gas production on a graded A-F scale. Unlike other frameworks, it goes beyond emission factors to assess methane emissions management across three criteria: methane emissions intensity at a facility level; monitoring technology deployment; and company practices. This three-pronged approach will ensure the MiQ Certification has credibility, transparency, and flexibility to evolve as technologies and best practices improve.

Gas buyers are also increasingly seeking guarantees about the provenance of LNG imports. MiQ Certification will enable buyers to verify the methane emission performance of gas entering the LNG streams, pre-liquefaction. The Standard is also being extended for emissions to be assessed across the entire LNG process.

MiQ has signed a memorandum of understanding with GCC to become the MiQ Certificate issuing and registry partner. GCC is currently the Central Issuer for the I-REC Standard, providing renewable energy certification for consumers around the globe. With 20 years’ experience in over 30 countries and more than 420 power projects certified, GCC will bring to MiQ Certification a proven track record in certificate issuing and registry management.

MiQ will now continue to work with the sector – including NGOs, regulators, government, environmentalists and researchers – to finalise the MiQ Standard. MiQ will announce its first pilot in 2021.

Speaking about the launch, Georges Tijbosch, Senior Adviser, MiQ, said: “The future must be powered by 100% clean energy. MiQ’s mission is to reduce the climate impact of methane emissions from the oil and gas sector until we get there.

“75% of methane emissions from oil and gas production can technically be abated today. That is equivalent to the reductions in CO2 emissions that’d be achieved if we could immediately shut down 60% of the world’s coal-fired power plants and replaced them with zero-emissions generation.

“But methane emission abatement regulation is taking too long and voluntary schemes are not having the impact needed. That is why MiQ Certification is a vital step forward now in methane abatement in the oil and gas industry.

“By credibly certifying gas based on its methane emissions performance, we can create a differentiated gas market. This will allow suppliers to make purchasing decisions based on the environmental impact of gas, creating a financial incentive for producers to invest in the technology, procedures and policies that reduce their methane emissions.”

Ed Everson, Director, GCC, said: “MiQ Certification has the potential to dramatically improve methane emissions abatement in the oil and gas sector. Credibly and efficiently differentiating gas based on its methane emissions performance will be a powerful tool for producers and consumers. With the potential to act as a financial catalyst, MiQ will encourage actions to reduce emissions of methane, an extremely damaging climate pollutant. This is an important step forward in the fight against climate change.

“We are excited to sign a memorandum of understanding with MiQ and work towards being the MiQ Certificate issuing and registry partner. This will build on our success as the Central Issuer for the I-REC Standard.”

Ned Harvey, Senior Adviser, MiQ and Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute, said: “Reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations is among the most significant actions we can take in the near term to help avert catastrophic climate change and improve the environmental performance of a fuel source that will continue to play an important role as we transition to renewable energy. With the right incentives and accountability frameworks, the global oil and gas industry can rapidly and substantially reduce their GHG emissions. A global methane emissions standard for differentiated natural gas can help enable the reductions we need in the next decade to meet our climate goals and help the industry go further by providing a universal standard that levels the international playing field and ensures everyone is assessed by the same rules.”

Read more about MiQ:
MiQ White Paper
MiQ website

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