30 November 2006 | Helen Gilbert
The Carbon Trust is urging businesses to cut emissions in their supply chain and deliver low-carbon products and services to UK consumers.
In its report Carbon Footprints in the Supply Chain: The Next Steps for Business
, published last week, the organisation outlines measures businesses should take to identify the carbon footprint of individual products and services they sell.
The report highlights a supply chain audit carried out by snack food firm Walkers and print media organisation Trinity Mirror, which identified potential annual savings for both firms of £2.7 million and 28,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year - the equivalent carbon emissions of 5,000 households.
The trust is working on similar projects with Cadbury Schweppes, Marks & Spencer and Boots.
Tom Delay, Carbon Trust chief executive, said the delivery of low-carbon products would also open up "new revenue streams" and "increase brand loyalty" if properly communicated.
David Gregory, head of technology at M&S Foods, added: "We are working with the Carbon Trust to help us understand our carbon hotspots and how we can help to reduce emissions."