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Carbon Trust launches footprint guide for business

01 July 2010

The Carbon Trust has launched a new guide to carbon footprinting for businesses that explains how to manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by understanding what emissions are caused by a business’s activities or products.

Carbon Footprinting: The next step to reducing your emissions, is the recently published Carbon Trust carbon footprinting guide that outlines the key steps that a business can take to:
 Calculate its organisational carbon footprint – by measuring greenhouse gas emissions arising from all its activities and setting a benchmark for reducing emissions in the future. The guide also explains how to have the business’s carbon footprint independently verified to help communicate claims with integrity.
 Assess, communicate and verify the carbon footprint of a product – a product’s carbon footprint includes carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions across its entire lifecycle from manufacture and distribution to its use and disposal.
 Use a carbon footprint for ongoing carbon management – calculating a carbon footprint is just the first step in putting together a carbon management programme to reduce emissions. A carbon management programme can help to encourage innovation and create cost-savings across a business.
Hugh Jones, Director of Solutions for the Carbon Trust said: “Carbon footprinting is a hugely valuable tool for understanding the impact your business has on climate change. We have created this guide to help people understand what makes up the carbon footprint of their business or product, how to measure and communicate it, and how to use that footprint as part of a long-term plan to reduce carbon emissions. Footprinting can also help businesses to improve processes, cut costs and meet reporting requirements for environmental legislation.” 
Click here for the The Carbon Footprinting guide available online as an interactive PDF.

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