Product Level Carbon Services
From Carbon and Energy
Organisations are now beginning to demonstrate their commitment to manage and reduce the embedded carbon emissions of its products as well as helping its consumers to make informed decisions about the products that they buy in terms of carbon performance.
Recent research carried out concludes that companies see climate change as the primary issue likely to impact upon their corporate reputation during 2009. It is envisaged that product carbon labelling will act as the bridge between carbon conscious companies and their consumers. Consistency in supporting organisations to measure their product carbon labels is maintained through adherence to GHG Protocols and this gives credibility in making and communicating reduction claims.
A life-cycle assessment or LCA (also known as life cycle analysis, eco-balance, and cradle-to-grave analysis) is becoming increasingly important for companies and the process consists of the investigating and evaluating of the environmental impacts of a given product or service caused or necessitated by its existence.
The goal of a LCA is to compare the full range of environmental and social damages assignable to products and services, to allow you to choose the one which impacts the environment the least.
The long awaited PAS 2050 (Publicly Available Specification) was launched in October 2008 after extensive consultation with industry. This builds on the existing life cycle assessment standards ISO 14040 and 14044.
The aim is to provide a common approach such that the carbon footprint of products and services is conducted on a consistent basis. Comply Direct is well positioned to advise organisations on the implications of the new PAS 2050 specification and how it relates to existing and emerging specifications.