A draft version of the GHG Protocol’s ICT Sector Guidance for product lifecycle accounting and reporting is now available for public comment. I reported on the progress of the Guidance last year, when a couple of chapters had been completed, now eight draft chapters are available to download from here and comment on. The deadline for comments is April 10, 2012.
The ICT Sector Guidance is being jointly put together by the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Carbon Trust and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). The objective is to provide a consistent approach for assessing the life cycle GHG impacts of ICT products.
The scope of the Guidance prioritises those areas that have a significant impact in terms of GHG emissions. Services Chapters cover ICT services that a company might supply, or a customer might purchase. Technical Support Chapters cover the ‘infrastructure elements’ that are common to most ICT services.
Stakeholder Advisory Group members can take part in a webinar to give feedback on the draft – dates and times are here. Anyone can be in the Advisory Group, it currently includes over 200 participants from over 45 countries representing government, business, NGOs, advocacy groups, consultancies and academia (I’m one of them).
It’s an important process for the industry, with potentially wide repercussions for both ICT users and vendors, so it’s worth taking a look. Better still, get involved as a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Group, which provides critical feedback on draft documents throughout the process.