Nearly 60 Companies Test New Product, Supply Chain Emissions Measuring Tools

Washington, DC — More than 50 corporations, including Kraft Foods, IKEA, Ford, GE and SC Johnson, are measuring the greenhouse gas emissions of their products and entire supply chains with two new standards from the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative.

The standards provide methods for companies to follow the emissions from individual product life cycles and companies' value chains. The standards, developed by the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development, are the Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard and the Scope 3 (Corporate Value Chain) Accounting and Reporting Standard.

More than 120 companies applied to test out the new standards and provide feedback on them, with the final standards scheduled to be published in December this year.

The Product Standard looks at the entire life cycle impacts of items, and will be tested by companies that make magazines, food, jeans, computers, wind turbines, steel and other goods.

“If this method becomes widely accepted, it will enable us to better calculate and share the climate change impact of our products," Michael Kobori, Levi Strauss & Co.'s vice president of social and environmental sustainability, said in a statement. "Being able to credibly measure and communicate that product impact to consumers can unleash the power of the market to address climate change on a global scale."

The Scope 3 Standard lets companies look at the impacts from outsourcing, supplier manufacturing and the use of their products.

The companies testing out the new standards are:

  • 3M Company
  • Acer Inc.
  • Airbus S.A.S.
  • AkzoNobel
  • Alcan Packaging
  • Alcoa
  • Autodesk, Inc.
  • Baoshan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.
  • BASF SE
  • Belkin International
  • Bloomberg LP
  • BT Plc
  • CA, Inc.
  • Coca-Cola Entfrischungsgetränke AG
  • Colors Fruit SA (Pty) Ltd.
  • Deutsche Post AG
  • DuPont
  • Eclipse Networks (Pty) Ltd.
  • Ecolab
  • The Estee Lauder Company
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Electric
  • U.S. General Services Administration
  • Highways Agency (UK)
  • Hydro Tasmania
  • IBM
  • IKEA
  • Italcementi Group
  • JohnsonDiversey, Inc.
  • Kraft Foods
  • Lenovo Corporation
  • Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • National Grid
  • Natura Cosméticos
  • New Belgium Brewing Co.
  • Otarian
  • Pinchin Environmental Ltd.
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Hong Kong)
  • Procter & Gamble Eurocor
  • Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc.
  • Rogers Communications, Inc.
  • SC Johnson
  • Shanghai Zidan Food Packaging & Printing Co., Ltd.
  • Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd
  • Swire Beverages (Coca-Cola Bottling Partner)
  • TAL Apparel Limited
  • Tech-Front (Shanghai) Computer Co., Ltd./Quanta Shanghai Manufacturing City
  • Tennant Company
  • Veolia Water
  • VT Group Plc
  • Webcor Builders
  • WorldAutoSteel

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