What is the implementation timeline for these changes? Producer and brand level
The development towards a unified standard system has been underway since we first announced our Climate+ strategy in 2019. The draft standard has been made available for public consultation in two iterations: the first draft was released for public comment in May 2023, and the second draft was available for public comment between September 27, 2023, until November 12, 2023.
The resulting (planning) version of the standard will incorporate feedback received during the second commenting period and is planned to be released in early 2024. During the year 2024 the planning version will be used to conduct field pilots, to conduct full internal systems updates, as well as to provide the necessary implementation planning for all stakeholders in the system. Any needed adjustments to the planning version will be made, and the result will become the official version of the unified standard, which will be effective in 2025 for sites to use. This means that sites will be able to voluntarily request certification and certification bodies will be equipped to audit against the standard as early as 2025. In 2026, the standard will be mandatory, meaning all sites will need to be certified to the new system and the unified standard system will supersede any applicable previous standards, which will be defined in the final standard.