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Carbon Trust Product Footprint Certification

Having a certified product footprint allows you to differentiate your product and brand, widen your product’s distribution and increase sales. The Carbon Trust has certified over 25,000 individual product footprints to international standards, many of which display our Product Footprint Label.

A product carbon or water footprint is the total sum of the greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) produced or the water used throughout a product’s lifecycle, including production, distribution and use.

Measuring and analysing the environmental, carbon and resource footprints of your products and services provides a wealth of useable data and key information that can be used to manage risks as well as to identify cost reduction and product-development opportunities.

Certifying your product or service footprint allows you to gain an internationally recognised, fully independent measurement that can be used to communicate your product’s resource efficiency, to drive sales, reduce costs and increase brand loyalty.

UKAS verification

Carbon Trust Certification is the world’s leading independent certification body for product footprints and is accredited by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) to ISO 14065:2013 to provide greenhouse gas verification against PAS 2050.

Download the Carbon Trust Product Footprint Certification Overview (PDF)

Download the Carbon Trust Footprint Model Certification Overview (PDF)

Product footprinting: Quorn & Samsung

Webinar: Meet the growing demand to footprint your products

To find out why there is an increasing uptake in product footprinting and growing evidence of consumer demand, including market research from across Europe, join our expert-led webinar on Monday 17 July at 1 pm BST.

Product footprinting webinar

Carbon Trust Footprint Label

Carbon Trust Footprint Label

The Carbon Trust Footprint Label allows you to foster brand loyalty, visibly differentiate your product and confidently demonstrate your commitment to sustainability.

Consumers and business alike have become more sophisticated and discerning in their buying decisions, increasingly expressing a preference for products and services that have rigorously validated environmental credentials. The Footprint Label displays a commitment to measuring and reducing the resource footprints of your products, providing a clear visual signal for consumers and stakeholders.

Universally recognised, the Footprint Label shows your customers, employees and stakeholders that you have taken steps to measure and reduce the resource footprint of your product, thereby reducing cost and demonstrating clearly your commitment to environmental sustainability.

Download the Carbon Trust Footprint Label Overview (PDF)

We use the Footprint Label on product packs to communicate the reduction to millions of shoppers nationwide – in stores including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and ASDA. Many customers are environmentally aware and the instantly recognisable label communicates the product’s carbon credentials to them. It demonstrates Kingsmill is an environmentally responsible brand and certification can help boost the distribution and sales of our products.

Lydia Freeman, Brand Manager, Kingsmill

Carbon Trust Product Water Footprint Label

Product Water Footprint Certification

Determining and certifying product water footprints provides insight into resource utilisation and efficiency, together with the ability to differentiate your product and brand, widen distribution and support sales growth.

A product water footprint calculates the water consumed over the entire lifecycle of a product or service, from production through to use, recycling or disposal.

The footprinting and certification of your product or service provides detailed, quantified information on water use and operational efficiency, together with independently verified data and a globally recognized certification that supports investment into R&D, risk mitigation and cost reduction together with a means to communicate your product’s resource efficiency and your brand identity and value.

Download the Product Water Footprint Certification Overview (PDF)

A product water footprint calculates the water consumed over the entire lifecycle of a product or service, from production through to use, recycling or disposal. The footprinting and certification of your product or service provides detailed, quantified information on water use and operational efficiency, together with independently verified data and a globally recognized certification that supports investment into R&D, risk mitigation and cost reduction together with a means to communicate your product’s resource efficiency and your brand identity and value.

Gerald Rebitzer, Sustainability Leader, Amcor Flexibles

Carbon Trust Footprint Label - Carbon Neutral

Carbon Trust Carbon Neutral certification

A carbon neutral footprint is one where the sum of the greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) produced is offset by natural carbon sinks and/or carbon credits.  Carbon Trust Certification certifies organisations and products to PAS 2060 - the internationally recognised certification standard for the demonstration of carbon neutrality.

PAS 2060 requires robust measurement and a plan for achieving internal reductions and offsetting using high quality carbon credits. The Carbon Trust recognises only Gold Standard carbon credits.

Carbon Neutral footprint certification enables you to gain an internationally recognised, fully independent measurement that can be used to communicate your product’s resource efficiency, to drive sales, reduce costs and increase brand loyalty.

Download the Carbon Trust Carbon Neutral Certification Overview (PDF)

Certified Model

Footprint Model Certification

Calculate accurate and reliable carbon footprints with a Certified Model. A certified carbon footprint model efficiently delivers accurate and reliable product carbon footprints at scale.

The Carbon Trust can develop or support your carbon footprint model, providing certification to recognised international standards. In addition, we can help you identify carbon and energy reduction opportunities in your supply chain, assist in preparing data for modelling and award the Carbon Trust Label for Model Certification, which can also help work towards certification and communication of the footprints generated by your model.

Download the Footprint Model Certification Overview (PDF)

 

Certification offers real advantages

Delivering efficiencies

  • Increase business resilience by mitigating the risks associated
    with water use and scarcity in your operations or supply chain
  • Reduce costs by pinpointing water intensities in the complete product lifecycle
  • Support improvements in product design to deliver greater water efficiency and gain a critical understanding of operational performance

Enhancing reputation

  • Enhance your brand with an internationally recognised, independent certification
  • Use the Carbon Trust Footprint Label to differentiate & strengthen your competitive position

Facilitating compliance  

  • Protect your license to operate
  • Comply with the purchasing requirements of public and private sector clients

Case studies

  • Samsung has been working with the Carbon Trust since 2012 to certify its flagship Galaxy smartphone range. The company has since committed to certifying all future models in the S and Note series.
  • CF Fertilisers - gains certification to differentiate its products and increase customer loyalty
  • PHS - Carbon Trust's Footprint Expert™ software enabled PHS to accurately calculate the carbon footprint of their products, and certification with the Carbon Reduction Label has helped heighten PHS's commercial appeal
  • Kingsmill - achieving the Carbon Reduction Label confirms Kingsmill's carbon-cutting credentials and communicates their carbon reduction to millions of shoppers nationwide.

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