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Carbon footprint guide launched by HEA

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A best practice guide has been issued by the HEA Sustainability Forum on the carbon footprinting of highway electrical products.

According to the forum, the guide sets out a framework for calculating product carbon footprinting in a transparent, auditable and cost effective manner and allows similar products to be compared on a reasonable basis.

The HEA said the guide is also designed to enable manufacturers and suppliers to identify where and how they may be able to reduce their products’ carbon footprint.

The guide uses the key principles of PAS 2050 and the calculations of both embedded and in-use carbon footprints are incorporated. In addition a “Carbon Arc” logo is available for HEA members to show they are meeting the requirements of the guide.

HEA chief executive Gareth Pritchard said: “This is an important initiative to create a framework which is both useful and practical[…]This enables different member organisations to adopt a common methodology and gives customers both visible evidence of compliance through the use of the “Carbon Arc” logo and sensible advice on what constitutes comparable carbon footprinting across similar products.”

The free guide is available to download here.

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