Carbon reduction company Sustain is warning that UK suppliers to organisations taking part in the project, which include food and drink companies, need to prepare now as they too could be asked to declare their carbon emissions.
Jean-Yves Cherruault, environmental accounting manager at Sustain, said: “This French pilot shows that some of the world’s biggest multi-national organisations are taking carbon labelling seriously and the effect of this will reach beyond France.
“Participating companies will need to calculate carbon dioxide emissions not just from their own direct operations, but also from across their supply chains. UK companies that supply to these organisations may find that they have to disclose their emissions, or even carry out their own carbon footprinting, so we are advising them to prepare now.
“This is also a good opportunity for companies to stay ahead of the curve. Carbon emissions disclosure is moving up the agenda for Government and businesses, and the French pilot is just one example of this.
“Companies that demonstrate strong environmental credentials and position themselves as leaders in their field will be well positioned to gain a competitive advantage.”
More information on the French pilot can be found at: http://www.sustain.co.uk/resources/briefing-documents-and-reports/french-environmental-labelling-briefing-document.aspx