Guidelines for Evaluation of Zero Carbon (Near Zero Carbon) Factory Construction in Zhejiang Province (2023 Edition) Released

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Certainly, here is a refined version with a more formal and native English expression:

In recent days, the Department of Economic and Information Technology in Zhejiang Province has issued the "Guidelines for the Evaluation of Zero Carbon (Near Zero Carbon) Factory Construction in Zhejiang Province (2023 Edition)" (hereinafter referred to as the "Guidelines"). The evaluation framework of the "Guidelines" comprises fundamental requirements and assessment criteria. The basic requirements delineate the foundational conditions, managerial responsibilities, and systemic framework for the establishment of zero carbon (or near zero carbon) factories within Zhejiang Province. Meanwhile, the assessment criteria encompass six primary indicators, namely infrastructure and information management systems, energy and resource utilization, product considerations, environmental emissions, the implementation and performance of greenhouse gas reduction initiatives, and the execution of carbon offset measures.

Specifically focusing on product carbon reduction, the "Guidelines" advocate the adoption of applicable standards or specifications, such as ISO 14067 "Carbon footprint of products - Requirements and guidelines for quantification and communication," PAS2050, GB/T 24040 "Environmental management - Life cycle assessment - Principles and framework," GB/T 24044 "Environmental management - Life cycle assessment - Requirements and guidelines", for conducting carbon footprint accounting or verification of products. The results of such verification should be publicly disclosed, and manufacturers are encouraged to leverage this information to enhance the carbon footprint of their products. Additionally, when applicable, products should adhere to pertinent low-carbon product requirements.

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