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(Madison, Wisconsin, October 12, 2011) – The Leonardo Academy’s Emissions Reporting Standard (LEO-5000) has been approved as an American National Standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This is an important standard for solving our environmental challenges: it is comprehensive, covering all types of emissions in an integrated fashion, and it is the first generally applicable standard to recognize and credit the holding of carbon by existing forests and grasslands. The standard addresses both emissions that affect climate, such as carbon dioxide, and emissions that affect human health, such as particulates and mercury. The standard covers emissions inventories, offsets and reduction credits. Companies and organizations interested in learning more about using the standard should contact Leonardo Academy.

Leonardo Academy President Michael Arny said, “This standard answers a critical need for a comprehensive emissions reporting standard covering all emissions types, and recognizes the benefits of the holding of carbon by existing forests and grass lands. Addressing all types of emissions together will help companies minimize the cost of emission reductions. Recognizing and rewarding the holding of carbon in existing forests and grass lands is critical to preserving existing forests and grass lands and the carbon-holding benefits they provide.”

Learn more about this standard at: Leonardo Academy is an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization (SDO).

Overview of the Leonardo Academy’s Voluntary Emissions Reporting Standard, LEO-5000:

  • Provides a framework for documenting the methodology for emissions inventories, reductions and offsets and what they include and do not include.
  • Encourages the inventory of all three emissions scopes.
  • Encourages the inventory of both emissions that affect health and emissions that affect climate and supports development of integrated solutions that address both types of emissions.
  • Provides effective emissions reduction incentives to all those who can act to reduce emissions by assigning credit for emissions reduction actions to whomever is implementing them.
  • Rewards all good environmental actions by assigning credit for emission reduction actions that exceed the requirements of regulation or law regardless of the reasons. Credit is given whether or not there are other incentives for carrying out actions good for the environment.
  • Assigns credit for carbon sequestration in forests in a way that rewards what actually provides the environmental benefit, which is the holding of carbon. This standard recognizes and credits the holding of carbon and it is rewarded each year it continues to be held. Most emissions protocols only credit adding to the amount of carbon held and fail to reward the maintenance of the existing carbon held in the forest. These protocols do nothing to discourage actions that reduce carbon holding (like deforestation) because they simply do not address that piece of the equation. In contrast, this standard provides credit for the carbon held in forests, providing an incentive for avoiding deforestation as well as providing an incentive for adding to the amount of carbon held in forests through afforestation, reforestation and improved management.
  • Provides a pathway for incremental expansion of emissions inventories over time.
This standard provides a framework for users taking a Sustainability Leadership Position on Emissions which has four components: (1) recognizing the importance of giving credit to all emission reduction and sequestration actions; (2) recognizing that what counts in carbon sequestration is how much carbon is held each year; (3) taking action to reduce emissions; and (4) committing to working toward offsetting all emissions including those that affect health and those that affect climate.

About Leonardo Academy

Mission Statement

Leonardo Academy is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sustainability by leveraging innovative tools and information to motivate the competitive market. By utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability strategies, education and implementation, we strive to make sustainability practical for everyone. We develop integrative sustainability solutions designed to enhance the environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic prosperity of organizations, corporations and individuals. We see a world filled with sustainable opportunities that can transform the way we live today and ensure the prosperity of future generations.

Programs and Services

Leonardo Academy works on a broad range of sustainability issues and provides comprehensive sustainability programs and services to help companies, organizations, families and individuals implement sustainability. Our programs and services include: organizational sustainability assessments and implementation; emissions footprints, reduction strategies and offsets; LEED® assessments, implementation and certification application preparation; sustainable land management; sustainability training; and sustainability standards development.

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