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UK Climate Policy Threatens Trade

by 5m Editor
6 January 2009, at 9:36am

UK - USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has published a report indicating that the United Kingdom's Climate Policy may be a threat to trade.

Carbon footprinting may soon become a requirement to supplying big business in the UK.

Driven by the Prime Minister's aggressive Climate Change policy, the UK has decided that it cannot wait for a European or International Standard for calculating greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) associated with manufactured products and has published Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2050.

Many blue chip companies have already adopted the methodology, including leading supermarket chains Tesco and Sainsbury's.

FAS says US companies may not be ready to meet the requests for data from their UK customers. Similarly problematic, the methodology that the US company might have used at home may not be compatible with the UK approach. Supplying data will involve added costs for the supply chain, and products may be de-listed if they do not have an acceptable carbon footprint.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

Further Reading

- Go to our previous news item on this story (including further details about PAS 2050) by clicking here.