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Bureau Veritas, F-I-R-S-T Carbon Solutions seal sustainability partnership

Manila, Philippines (August 22, 2012)—In recent years, the international community and business sector have adopted environmental protection and sustainability initiatives based on the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the Rio+20 or the United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development.

To help companies develop and maintain sustainability programs and acquire environmental certifications, F-I-R-S-T Carbon Solutions Corporation, a leader in sustainability services, and Bureau Veritas, an international certification body, have launched a strategic partnership in support of sustainable development.  The UN reports that energy accounts for 60 percent of GHG emissions causing global warming and if not acted upon, GHG emissions could potentially cause the extinction of over a third of earth’s species.

“Globally, there is a call for companies to be more sustainable in their practices,” said James Donovan, Chief Executive Officer of F-I-R-S-T Carbon Solutions.  “This partnership will help them effectively address business challenges such as energy savings, and GHG and carbon emissions reporting.”  According to Donovan, the partnership is also a response to an evolving regulatory environment and the growing need for environmental certification.

F-I-R-S-T Carbon Solutions offers consultancy services that help companies prepare for certification requirements.  The company provides software tools—such as its Sustainability Workbench and ghgTrack™—that make sustainability tracking easy and manageable for businesses.  Bureau Veritas, an international certification body, provides certification services for ISO 14064 (Greenhouse Gas Accounting) and ISO 50001 (Energy Management System), among others, as well as independent assessments of a company’s management systems.

“This collaboration between two industry leaders demonstrates our commitment to enabling companies to operate with more sustainability,” said Emmanuel Danion, Bureau Veritas Country Chief Executive.  “We foresee long-term impact that will create continuous and beneficial business results for many companies,” Danion said.

A Philippine-based company, F-I-R-S-T Carbon Solutions also seeks to establish a stronger regional presence.  “With this partnership, we hope to create stronger awareness on sustainability initiatives among the business community, both here in the Philippines and across the region,” Donovan said.

About Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas helps companies worldwide improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions to ensure that their products, infrastructures and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. Established in 1828 “to seek out the truth and tell it without fear or favor,” the company has gained global prominence in conformity assessment and certification services with its comprehensive portfolio of accreditations and thorough knowledge of regulations, reference frameworks, standards and industrial markets; Bureau Veritas operates in 940 offices and 340 laboratories servicing 400,000 clients in 140 countries. Visit for more information.

About F-I-R-S-T Carbon Solutions Corporation
F-I-R-S-T Carbon Solutions Corporation is a global provider of sustainability solutions for enterprise and government clients that are increasingly under pressure to minimize resource use and environmental impacts while achieving profit and budget objectives. The company is the first to fully integrate sustainability and environmental management consulting and software with deep expertise in back office data processing to deliver integrated energy and sustainability solutions that drive better decision making by understanding how improved environmental practices affect all areas of the business. For more information, visit