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Ecolabelling of goods and services for sustainable development (Spanish Version)
AENOR Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification, January 2010, Pages: 360
The ecolabelling of goods and services is a consolidated tool providing information about the environmental burden of products consumed.
In a practical and illustrative way, the author presents the MC3 methodology enabling the entities to simultaneously calculate the corporate ecological footprint (CEF) and the corporate carbon footprint (CCF) of goods and services, taking into account their life cycle, and to communicate this information to consumers and stakeholders by means of ecolabels.
7 reasons why the MC3 method is to be applied
- It provides environmental information to be included in an ecolabel.
- It summarises the results in a single index.
- It is a user-friendly method involving simple calculations even for those who are not extremely familiar with environmental management.
- It can be applied in organisations of all types, sizes and complexity.
- It collects direct and indirect CO2 emissions and the main greenhouse gases.
- It adapts to the view that institutions such as the European Commission have of what the ecological footprint and the carbon footprint should be.
- It is consistent with international standards relating to organisations' and companies' emissions, such as ISO 14064.
It includes a practical example in a canning factory in Galicia showing how to apply the MC3 method and how useful the design ecolabels are.
Adolfo Carballo Penela