A month ago I relayed the news that The Carbon Trust, the WRI and WBCSD - the two organisations behind the Greenhouse Protocol Initiative - and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) are developing new guidance on how ICT companies and customers should calculate the carbon footprint of ICT products and services.
Well it seems they’re not the only ones. GreenIT.fr reports that ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, is also addressing the question. ADEME is preparing a greenhouse gas emissions assessment tool for the IT sector using its Bilan Carbone methodology.
GreenIT.fr and Zen’To, a French green ICT consultancy (founded by ex-BT managers) will be helping to develop the guidance and the methodology and emission factors will be available at the end of the year.
The difference between ADEME and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative group is that ADEME is an (independent) government institution whilst the GHG Protocol group is made up of IT industry representatives, environmental consultancies and an NGO.
It’s likely that the two approaches will come up with similar methodologies. Let’s hope so, since the more ways there are to measure emissions the more confusing it is for potential users and the more difficult it is to compare measurements between companies, which must be one of the main objectives.
Hopefully the outcomes will be similar enough for the organisations to eventually agree a common standard. They do have the same goal after all.