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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint Services

Intertek’s experts take away the guessing game when dealing with the US Carbon Footprint legislations. They will provide a step-by-step process to determine the best possible approach to minimize harmful outputs and increase possible resources for Carbon credits.

Twenty-four states and over 350 cities in the US have passed or have legislation in progress to reduce emissions by 2010. In addition, various other international initiatives, including the Kyoto Protocol and the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network, are pushing nations and industry to drastically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Industry pressures are also a driving factor as many major corporations and big-name retailers are championing GHG reduction strategies. Companies see the potential for large financial savings through the reduction of carbon dioxide output, particularly through reductions in energy use and that these savings can also be felt down the supply chain.

A fundamental component of these regulations is the need to measure the cradle-to-grave ‘Carbon Footprint’ involved in the development, production, distribution and disposal process for a product. Thus, a Carbon Footprint calculation is a measurement of the impact a company’s activities have on the environment and is expressed in terms of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide.

“The more we learn here, the more there's real business and consumer opportunity, in that there's a lot of unharvested efficiencies yet…When you look back at the supply chain and at factories and warehouses and you start thinking about their basic needs for energy there's a huge opportunity to do some relatively simple things to save energy ...” -Jim Stanway, Head of Wal-Mart’s Greenhouse Gas Strategy, Financial Times, 24 September 2007

Intertek’s Carbon Footprint Evaluation Service provides access to environmental impact assessment experts who can demystify the carbon footprint/credit programs set up in response to these regulations, calculate the level of GHG emissions and address questions regarding your specific carbon footprint to help you meet legislated GHG reduction targets.

The key components of Intertek’s Carbon Footprint Evaluation Service are:

  • Identification and clarification of emission-reduction responsibilities for a facility
  • Calculation of carbon footprint
  • Recommendations regarding greenhouse gases and CO2 emissions reductions
  • Recommend sources for ‘carbon credits’

to see how Intertek can help your organization with Carbon Footprint Services.


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