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The Carbon Trust works with companies to help them effectively measure, manage and reduce the footprint of their products.

Our product carbon footprint label is a clear identifier of products that have had their carbon footprints certified by the Carbon Trust. This is a validation of accurate footprints, providing customers with verified information about the carbon impacts of their purchasing decisions. Our label has appeared on thousands of products across the globe, and is the most recognised carbon footprint label*, positioning it as the leading label for product carbon footprinting.

The Carbon Trust is an independent organisation and an established expert on carbon footprinting. We ensure that our product carbon footprint label is underpinned by robust and credible analysis undertaken by our footprinting experts.

*YouGov quantitative research 2020/21

Find out more about our carbon footprint labels:

"A footprint label is more tangible for the general public than long-term targets and trajectories. A label has the power to bring these issues into people’s every day lives via their shopping basket"

Hugh Jones, the Carbon Trust

What is a product carbon footprint?

A life cycle product carbon footprint measures the total greenhouse gas emissions generated by a product, from extraction of raw-materials, to end-of-life. It is measured in carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e). 

Product footprints should be associated with a scope or boundary, the most common being:

  • Cradle-to-gate: mostly used for business-to-business (B2B) products. This measures the total greenhouse gas emissions from the extraction of raw materials through to product manufacture up to the factory gate.
  • Cradle-to-grave: mostly used for business-to-consumer (B2C) products. This measures the total greenhouse gas emissions from the extraction of raw materials through to the product’s manufacture, distribution, use and eventual disposal.

Our complete Product Footprint Protocol with full reduction rules can be found here: > Part 1 - Technical requirements

> Part 2 - Communication requirements

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If you're interested in getting a carbon footprint label for your product, or to find out more, our experts would be happy to help.

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