With the increasing requirements for carbon data some companies are seeing carbon labelling as a means of assuring their customers that the reported footprint of their business or product has been independently verified. By 2013 it is forecast that UK business will be spending over £400m per annum on product sustainability marketing and carbon labels are already starting to appear on our supermarket shelves including Walker's Crisps and Innocent which presently carry the Carbon Trust Reduction label. In addition, Planet Positive have certified a building for Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer and CEMARS is working with more than 200 companies to achieve carboNZero certification.
Deloitte is qualified to deliver a number of carbon labels for both business and products including:
CEMARS is the first two steps of the carboNZero programme. It enables businesses and organisations to measure their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in compliance with the ISO environmental management standard, understand their carbon liabilities, and put in place management plans to reduce emissions in their organisation and more widely through their supply chain.
CEMARS has been developed for businesses and organisations that are large emitters and for whom offsetting is not a viable business proposition or have not yet made the business case for carbon neutral status. Deloitte are accredited to take businesses through the CEMARS process.
Planet Positive is an international mark of accreditation awarded to businesses, products, events and services which commit to reducing their carbon footprint year on year. Focusing on making sustainability accessible and affordable, Planet Positive use a 4-step process to enable clients to measure their carbon footprint through a simple online process, reduce their impact on the environment, invest beyond the business in community projects or offsets and communicate their green credentials to employees, clients, customers and partners.
The Carbon Trust can certify organisations in two ways: through the Carbon Trust Standard and the Carbon Reduction Label.
Carbon Trust Standard was developed by the Carbon Trust during 2007 and 2008 in consultation with leading businesses and public sector organisations. It is designed to provide a robust, objective and consistent methodology for assessing the carbon performance of organisations. The Standard specifies requirements in three key areas:
Deloitte can work with you to help complete the assessment form as well as assessing compliance with the Standard. On successful assessment the Carbon Trust Standard Company will certify your organisation, division or site and award a certificate. Your organisation will then be able to use the Carbon Trust Standard logo to prove your climate change credentials.
The Carbon Reduction Label demonstrates that a business is reducing the carbon emissions of its products. It shows the total greenhouse gas emissions from every stage of the product's lifecycle, including production, transportation, preparation, use and disposal. The Label includes a reduction element whereby the company is committed to further reduce the carbon footprint over the following two years.
Deloitte’s fully equipped product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) team provides product carbon foot-printing using approaches consistent with ISO 14044, as well as the reporting necessary to prepare products for Carbon Labels under PAS 2050, such as the Carbon Reduction Label.
The Carbon Trust has evidence to show that the Carbon Reduction Label could be a deciding factor in customer choice. Carbon Labelling is thus a valuable way for companies to demonstrate their carbon commitments to their consumers.