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29 Oct 2008 05:10:17

Firms given carbon footprint guidelines

Firms given carbon footprint guidelines
Businesses across the UK will be better informed about the carbon footprint of their products and services now a new standard has been introduced.

Established by BSI British Standards, the Carbon Trust and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the PAS 2050 standard will allow companies to track the carbon emissions released during the lifetime of their goods.

It will include the carbon footprint caused by sourcing raw materials, manufacturing products, transport and distribution as well as use and disposal.

Environment secretary Hilary Benn said: "Companies have said they want to be able to count their carbon emissions in a better way, so we have responded. By looking at where the emissions are being created and reducing them, businesses can also save themselves money.

"You can't see or count emissions when you buy a product. But consumers want to know that emissions are being cut by businesses and this standard will help businesses to do that."

A number of companies including Coca Cola and The Co-operative Group took part in a pilot scheme to test the effectiveness of PAS 2050.

Earlier today, the European Parliament Bureau pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 per cent.



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