Fuel price increases and the prospect of mandatory emissions reporting are key reasons cited by a growing number of companies interested in carbon footprint assessments of their products and processes, claims resource recovery specialist Axion Consulting.
Axion, which was the first UK polymer producer to gain a Carbon Footprint label for its own Axpoly PS13 grade polymer derived from plastic retail packaging waste, is passing on its expertise by offering a range of carbon calculation services to firms seeking to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
It has also committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 10% in 2012 and 15% by 2015.
“Carbon is the new currency. By saving energy and reducing emissions through implementing an effective carbon management programme, companies can potentially save thousands of pounds a year – cost-savings that they can pass onto their customers and suppliers,” explains Environmental Scientist Michael Claes, one of several Axion consultants.
“More firms are inquiring about measuring their carbon emissions as sources of high carbon emissions invariably point to high cost and leads to understanding the opportunities for savings. Footprint analyses are a means by which clients can gain a greater understanding of their supply chain and can indicate areas for improving efficiency,” continues Michael.
“Companies acting now to measure and reduce their emissions will be able to pre-empt legislation that will inevitably be enforced to curb emissions in order to meet the UK’s GHG emissions reduction targets of 80% on 1990 levels by 2050.”
Michael adds: “Our experience means we can provide carbon measurement services specifically tailored to our clients’ requirements. These range from a rapid ‘Hotspot’ carbon analysis right through to an externally-audited Carbon Footprint Label for a product or process using Footprint Expert™ software.”
Companies engaging in carbon footprinting benefit further by developing sustainable brand awareness, gaining competitive advantage and new business through demonstrating ‘green’ credentials and working towards fulfilling corporate social responsibilities.
Axion Consulting is part of the Axion Group that develops and operates innovative resource recovery and processing solutions for recycling waste materials. The Group works with a wide range of clients, from Government agencies and local authorities to companies in diverse commercial sectors, on the practical development of new processing and collection methods to recover value from waste resources.
For more information, contact Axion Consulting on 0161 426 7731 or visit the website - www.axionconsulting.co.uk.