The Carbon Trust has launched the latest version of its world-leading proprietary carbon footprinting software, Footprint Expert 4.0. This updated version is one of the first solutions on the market that will enable users to quantify carbon footprints of products and services, and produce results compatible with two recently released international standards.
Footprint Expert 4.0 is a carbon footprinting toolkit based on the methodology from internationally recognised standards PAS2050:2011 and the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol Product Standard. The Carbon Trust's Footprint Expert software has been used to calculate more than 22,000 product carbon footprints to-date, which have also gone on to successfully achieve independent certification to those international standards.
By using Footprint Expert 4.0 customers can realise a range of business benefits from the footprinting process, which include:
- Identifying opportunities to reduce environmental impact through reductions in material use, water, waste and energy.
- Identifying areas for innovation for low carbon and sustainable product design.
- Ensuring product carbon footprints are based on sound, tried and tested, internationally recognised standards.
- Applying consistent methodology, increasing accuracy and comparability of footprint results.
Accurately measuring the carbon footprint of products can be a complex and time consuming process. Footprint Expert 4.0 takes a lot of the effort out of the process, with in-built methodologies based on internationally recognised standards already designed into the software platform. Using Footprint Expert delivers a reliable, more transparent product carbon footprint measurement. This can help you prepare for successful certification to international standards.
John Whybrow, General Manager, Software at the Carbon Trust
As well as producing results that are aligned with internationally recognised standards, the new methodologies used in Footprint Expert 4.0 offer technical carbon footprinting advantages, including comprehensive reporting covering: boundary setting, sources of uncertainty, reduction targets, and better breakdown of data. This includes biogenic and non-biogenic emissions and removals using new methodologies and data provided within the tool.
Product carbon footprints measured to both new standards, PAS2050:2011 and the GHG Protocol Product standard, as well as PAS2050:2008 can be certified by Carbon Trust Certification. Footprint Expert 4.0 is designed to make the certification of carbon footprints as quick and straightforward as possible, while maintaining a result that is comparable with other certified footprints.
The Carbon Trust is offering comprehensive two-day training courses with expert consultants. The courses will explain the new features of Footprint Expert 4.0, as well as providing practical advice on how to manage a footprinting project using Footprint Expert 4.0 through a hands-on case study.
The Carbon Trust will also be running a breakfast briefing on 'The latest product footprinting standards: Are you prepared?' More information and details on how to secure a place can be found here.
About Carbon Trust Software
Carbon Trust Software provides solutions to help organisations understand the carbon emissions from their business, value chain, products and services. Carbon Trust Software's Value Chain Hotspotter provides organisations from all sectors with a rapid assessment of the carbon "hotspots" in the value chain, allowing identification of risks and reduction opportunities. The Footprint Expert produces fast, reliable and certifiable carbon footprint measurements for products and services, providing insight into a product's lifecycle and emissions and unlocking opportunities to reduce environmental impact through eco-design, operational efficiency, working with suppliers and raising consumer awareness. The software leverages the knowledge of the Carbon Trust to reduce both the time taken and cost of calculating the carbon footprint. Carbon Trust software has been used by many leading companies such as Dyson, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Tesco and Marks & Spencer.
About the Carbon Trust
The Carbon Trust is an independent company with a mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy. The Carbon Trust:
- Advises businesses, government and the public sector on opportunities in a sustainable, low carbon world.
- Measures and certifies the environmental footprint of organisations, products and services.
- Helps develop and deploy low carbon technologies and solutions, from energy efficiency to renewable power.