The Carbon Trust today (3 July) announced plans to launch the world’s first international standard for organisations to certify that they are managing and reducing waste.
The Carbon Trust, known for its Carbon Standard, which has helped hundreds of organisations take a more stringent approach to managing and reducing carbon, has announced it will produce an international standard for waste management.
The announcement coincides with the fifth anniversary of the launch of the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Standard.
The Carbon Trust said it was important to make this waste standard available as it is estimated that every year landfill from commercial and industrial waste is responsible for 2.3m tonnes of CO2.
Harvey Sugden, CIWM business development manager – “The launch of the Carbon Trust’s Waste Standard is a significant move towards embedding a culture of waste minimisation and resource efficiency into companies and organisations”
Around the world it is estimated that around 11.2bn tonnes of solid waste is collected each year. The decay of just the organic parts of this waste contributes around five percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Trust, who said that in the UK alone, waste is responsible for 17m tonnes of carbon emissions a year.
Carbon Trust research found that only 21 percent of senior executives of large companies in the UK, USA, China, South Korea and Brazil have sustainability targets for waste and 49 percent are not yet confident that there is a business case for investing in managing waste.
Tom Delay, chief executive of the Carbon Trust said: “For the past five years we’ve worked with companies across the world to cut carbon emissions and it is now time for us to apply this expertise to the global problem of waste. The new Waste Standard, combined with Carbon Standard and Water Standard, will help organisations take a more stringent approach to resources so they can operate in a more efficient, cost-effective way, as well as preserving global resources.”
The Carbon Trust Waste Standard, to be launched later this year, will require organisations to measure, manage and reduce their solid and hazardous waste.
To achieve the standard organisations will need to demonstrate that waste streams are being reduced every year, or disposed of more effectively, for example through increased reuse, recycling or energy recovery.
Harvey Sugden, CIWM business development manager, said of the news: “The launch of the Carbon Trust’s Waste Standard is a significant move towards embedding a culture of waste minimisation and resource efficiency into companies and organisations. It is a welcome move and supports the objectives of the CIWM’s Waste Smart training course, which helps companies to reduce waste, understand the law and demonstrate their commitment to resource efficiency”.