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ABNT - Product carbon footprinting certification

Creating Latin America’s first product, carbon and water footprinting and labelling scheme

ABNT product footprint label launch in Sao Paulo

Latin America’s first product carbon footprinting certification scheme

We are recognised as world leaders in environmental footprinting and labelling, with extensive experience developing and aligning various national and international schemes. Over the past two years we have been working with the Brazilian National Standards Organisation (ABNT) to create Latin America’s first product carbon footprinting certification scheme, which was officially launched following the completion of a successful pilot phase.

Participants in the pilot included some of the largest businesses in Brazil, such as Braskem, CSN, Saint-Gobain, ArcelorMittal, Votorantim Cimentos and Novelis. The project was supported by the Brazilian government’s Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) and funding was provided by the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Competitive advantage

Organisations that successfully complete certification under the scheme are eligible to use ABNT’s new labels to communicate achievements in measuring the life cycle carbon emissions or water use associated with their products. This can be used to demonstrate that products from Brazil often have comparatively low environmental impacts thanks to the country’s abundant natural resources and hydroelectricity, helping companies to gain a competitive advantage and differentiate products in domestic and export markets.

Read more in the press release: Brazilian industry to demonstrate environmental advantage through new carbon and water footprinting scheme

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