NSF and Trucost Report Offers Strategies for GHGs

NSF International, a public health and safety organization, and Trucost Plc, a global provider of environmental data and analysis, are offering a free report, "Carbon Emissions – Measuring the Risks."

This report examines the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon footprints of S&P 500 companies in several sectors that NSF works with: chemicals, food and beverage, healthcare, industrial goods and services, personal and household goods, automobiles and parts and retail.

"Climate change represents serious challenges to the environment, as well as risks and opportunities to U.S. corporations. The first step in mitigating those risks is to calculate carbon emissions and their potential costs from direct operations and supply chains," said Malcolm Fox, vice president Corporate Services, Trucost, an NSF International Partner. "Industry by industry, this report presents those impacts and identifies critical strategies to prepare for upcoming legislation and turns risks into a competitive advantage."

The report also highlights other significant environmental challenges facing these industries, by addressing the following:

  • Are companies measuring and reporting GHG emissions?
  • Which sectors emit the most direct operational GHGs?
  • Which sectors are most exposed to carbon costs under regulations to control GHG emissions?
  • Beyond carbon, what are the other significant environmental impacts of each sector?
"Carbon-intensive companies will be most exposed to carbon costs under the cap-and-trade program to be introduced in 2012 under the draft American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (Waxman-Markey bill)," said Koen Bontinck, vice president of NSF Sustainability Services. "The goal of this report is to not only provide companies with an affordable analysis of their current operations and exposure to carbon costs, but also to help them implement sustainable business practices and verify their GHG emissions data in preparation for the new regulations."

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