Bradstone have announced that they will be working with the Carbon Trust as a pilot partner to trial the draft product carbon footprinting standard.
The Carbon Trust, Defra and BSI British Standards are developing the standard and Bradstone will use it to calculate the embodied carbon emissions of landscaping products. The intention is then to trial the carbon reduction label as a mechanism to communicate this information to stockists as well as the end user and a commitment to reduce product carbon emissions.
Director of environmental and corporate social responsibility for Aggregate Industries Dr Miles Watkins says, “As a business we’ve been actively looking at ways to reduce our carbon emissions over the last decade and this particular project is about carrying that message through to our stockists and their purchasers.
“Working with The Carbon Trust as a pilot partner means we can continue the programme of education and enlightenment outside of the confines of our business and actively engage our stockists and consumer in the whole debate around our ‘carbon footprint’. Reducing carbon emissions is critical and anything we, as a responsible manufacturer can do to lead the way is welcome.”
The Carbon Trust and Defra are working with BSI British Standards to develop a standard based on a method for measuring the embodied greenhouse gas emissions from products and services across their lifecycle that will be applicable to a wide range of sectors and product categories. An independent Steering Group chaired by Jim Skea, Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, with members from businesses, NGOs, government and academia, is overseeing the development of the standard.