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Axion offers carbon footprint services

19 August 2010

Having become the first UK polymer producer to offer a carbon reduction labelled product, Axion Consulting is sharing its expertise with others wanting to follow a similar route and carbon footprint their own products or processes.

The plastic recycling specialist became the first polymer producer in the UK to gain a certified Carbon Footprint label for its Axpoly PS13 post-consumer recycled polystyrene derived from retail packaging waste. This material goes back into products such as new coathangers, office trays and horticultural pots like the one illustrated here.

Axion Consulting, a Carbon Trust Footprint Expert Registered Consultant, has launched a range of new services to help companies calculate the environmental impact of their products or processes. Axion can help in many levels of footprinting from rapid ‘hotspot analysis’ to comprehensive and certified footprints for external communication.

Director Keith Freegard foresees rising demand as firms recognise the marketing benefits of demonstrating sustainability of their products or processes and communicating their environmental impact to end-users.

“The UK is the first country in the world to set legally binding ‘carbon budgets’ with the aim of cutting UK emissions by 34% by 2020 and at least 80% by 2050 on 1990 levels. To achieve these ambitious targets, action is needed now,” he says.

“Companies offering a certified product or process that demonstrates low carbon impact manufacturing can gain a tangible and significant competitive edge in today’s eco-conscious environment. Our commitment to providing sustainable recycled plastic products with a long-term future led us down the carbon labelling route and to providing this service for a wide range of other companies.”

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