New standard on carbon footprinting announced

BSI British Standards, the Carbon Trust and Defra have announced a new environmental standard

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. 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. 

The aim of the new standard is to help businesses move beyond managing the emissions their own processes create and to look at the opportunities for reducing emissions in the design, making and supplying of products. This will then help businesses make goods or services which are less carbon intensive and ultimately develop new products with lower carbon footprints.

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