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Carbon footprints in the supply chain: the next step for business

In Carbon Footprints in the supply chain: the next step for business, the Carbon Trust outlines the steps that businesses should take to identify the carbon footprint of the individual products and services they sell.
In Carbon Footprints in the supply chain: the next step for business, the Carbon Trust outlines the steps that businesses should take to identify the carbon footprint of the individual products and services they sell. By undertaking a carbon investigation of their supply chains, businesses can map out the carbon emitted at every stage of a product's lifecycle from source to shelf, consumption and disposal. This approach will help businesses respond to growing consumer demand by delivering genuinely low carbon products and services. Recent research published by the Carbon Trust showed that 66 per cent of UK consumers want to know the carbon footprint of the products and services they buy and two thirds are more likely to buy a product with a low carbon footprint. The Carbon Trust has worked on pilot projects in snack foods with Walkers and in print media with Trinity Mirror. These projects alone have already identified potential annual savings for the two businesses of £2.7 million and 28,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum - the equivalent carbon emissions of 5,000 households. The Carbon Trust is now also working on similar projects with Boots, Cadburys Schweppes and Marks & Spencer. The project with Boots aims to track the carbon footprint of its products, with the aim of creating a new "low carbon shampoo".
 

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