Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard

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An online course is now available for this standard.

The Product Standard can be used to understand the full life cycle emissions of a product and focus efforts on the greatest GHG reduction opportunities. This is the first step towards more sustainable products. Using the new standard, companies can measure the greenhouse gases associated with the full life cycle of products including raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, storage, use and disposal. The results can create competitive advantage by enabling better product design, increasing efficiencies, reducing costs, and removing risks. The standard will also help companies respond to customer demand for environmental information and make it easier to communicate the environmental aspects of products. The Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain standards have been created through a broad, inclusive, multi-stakeholder process. Over a three year period:

“A consistent approach to measure and report GHG emissions in the corporate value chain and product life cycles are in great demand. These new standards will help us respond to customer demand for environmental information and make it easier for us to communicate the environmental aspects of our products and the efforts that our company is making to successfully manage our emissions.”

Steve Leffin, Director of Global Sustainability, UPS

  • 2,300 participants were involved from 55 countries;
  • 112 members formed technical working groups to draft the standards, and;
  • 38 companies from various industries road tested the standards in 2010.

The new standards provide a methodology that can be used to account for and report emissions from companies of all sectors, globally. They are accompanied by user-friendly guidance and tools developed by the GHG Protocol.

Amendments and Corrections

Title Date Size

Required gases and GWP values

May 2013 253 KB

Tools and Guidance

Title Date Size

Supplier Engagement Guidance

Oct 2011 65 KB

Global Warming Potentials

Oct 2011 34 KB

Sample Product Standard GHG Inventory Reporting Template

Oct 2011 51 KB

Quantitative Uncertainty Guidance

Oct 2011 160 KB

Uncertainty Calculation Tool

Oct 2011 107 KB

Third Party Databases

Oct 2011

Background Materials

Title Date Size


Oct 2011 104 KB


Oct 2011 128 KB

GHG Protocol PAS 2050 Factsheet

Nov 2011 642 KB

Past Documents and Drafts

Nov 2011

Product Standard Road Testers

Oct 2011