New supply chain certification to be launched by the Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust has announced that it is developing a new certification for organisations that are taking effective action on the carbon emissions across their supply chains.

Following a period of detailed research and stakeholder engagement, a draft methodology for the new award has now been developed and the Carbon Trust is looking to work with a number of organisations across different sectors in an initial pilot phase running through to early 2015.

The Carbon Trust advises businesses, governments and the public sector on opportunities in a sustainable, low carbon world. The service also measures and certifies the environmental footprint of organisations, products and services and helps develop and deploy low carbon technologies and solutions, from energy efficiency to renewable power.

The certification will provide a quantitative and qualitative framework for recognising organisations that have committed to take action on their supply chain environmental impacts, ultimately leading to carbon reductions. The methodology involves measuring impacts and improving processes and systems, allowing organisations to move forward from an initial commitment stage through to improving governance, measurement and the implementation of reduction initiatives.

Darran Messem, managing director of Certification at the Carbon Trust, said: “For a typical organisation, up to 90 percent of the carbon impacts are outside of its own boundaries of operational control. A number of companies are now very good at energy efficiency and cutting carbon inside their own four walls, but the real leaders are starting to look at how they can have an impact across the supply chain.

“The Carbon Trust’s new supply chain certification will help businesses and public sector bodies along a continuous journey of improvement, as a part of a sustainable, low carbon future.”