UK - Lafarge develops emissions trading strategy with help of Lloyds Register Quality Assurance Services
Emissions trading is developing internationally. The Kyoto Protocol envisages global trading in greenhouse gases from 2008, the European Comission proposes EU-wide trading at company level from 2005 onwards and the British government launched an emissions trading scheme (ETS) during 2002 in order to reduce carbon dioxide levels in line with Kyoto targets. With 34 participants, the UK scheme requires companies to submit baseline and annual emission figures that have been independently verified in order to receive financial incentives.
Lafarge Cement UK (LCUK) has used Lloyds Register Quality Assurance Services (LRQA) since 1994 when it introduced its environmental management system. In 2002, the company entered the UK ETS and today, LRQA is the independent third party that verifies LCUK data needed to comply with the Climate Change Agreement and ETS. As such, the cement maker not only has an important authentication process in place, but is also responding to increasing environmental demands of its stakeholders, governments organisations by providing more credible information to them.