21 September 2007
Nine leading companies will make up a new wave of partners to use the draft embodied greenhouse gases standard, currently being developed by the Carbon Trust and Defra in partnership with BSI British Standards.
The new partners and products are as follows:
- Aggregate Industries - Hard landscaping products (paving stones etc)
- Cadbury Schweppes – Cadbury Dairy Milk bars
- Coca-Cola – A sparkling beverage and a still beverage from its product range
- The Co-operative Group – 200g and 400g punnet Strawberries
- Halifax – Halifax Web Saver Account
- Kimberly-Clark – Andrex Toilet Tissue and Huggies nappies
- Marshalls – Hard landscaping products (paving stones etc)
- Mϋller Dairy (UK) Limited – One type of yoghurt from its product range
- Scottish & Newcastle – Fosters Lager and Bulmers Original Cider
The new pilot partners will use the draft standard to measure the embodied carbon emissions of selected products. It is the intention of the partners to reduce product carbon emissions.
Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock, commented: "The take up from business of the Carbon Trust's scheme shows that there's real appetite and willingness to firstly understand, and secondly to reduce the impact that their products have on our planet. It is encouraging that so many leading companies are stepping up to the plate on this. We are working with the Carbon Trust and others on a clear, standard way to measure the full carbon impacts of products. Not only are people becoming more and more aware of their own carbon footprint, and want to know how to reduce it, they also want to know what business is doing to reduce its own impacts. This initiative is part of that shared commitment to tackle climate change".
The Carbon Trust and Defra are working with BSI British Standards to develop the standard which is based on a method for measuring the embodied greenhouse gas emissions from products and services across their lifecycle that will be applicable to a wide range of sectors and product categories. The development of the standard is being overseen by an independent Steering Group chaired by Jim Skea, Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, with members from businesses, NGOs, government and academia.
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