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Carbon Trust Product Footprint Certification

Certified product footprinting allows you to differentiate your product and brand, widen your product’s distribution and increase sales. We have certified over 25,000 individual product footprints to international standards, many of which display our Footprint Label.

Carbon Trust Certification is the world’s leading independent certification body for product footprints and is accredited by UKAS to certify footprints to PAS 2050.

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. Product 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 Product Footprint Certification Overview (PDF)

Download the Carbon Trust Footprint Model Certification Overview (PDF)

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

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 Carbon Neutral certification

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

It requires robust measurement and a plan for achieving internal reductions and offsetting using high quality carbon credits. The Carbon Trust recognises any 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)

 

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.


Our commitment

We are committed to impartiality, which is enshrined in our policy, systems and procedures. We also have a complaints and appeals process. Please contact us if you'd like to find out more.

Get in touch

If you're interested in Product Footprint Certification or our Footprint Labels, then get in touch - fill in our contact form, email us on certification@carbontrust.com or call us on +44 (0)207 832 4655.

 

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