Knowing the carbon foot print of the products we buy

As a consumer you might be interested on this, but as an environmentalist you will be thrilled to know about this.   If everything goes as the government has planned, Quebec consumers will, within a few years, know the "carbon footprint" of each and every product they buy.

The Quebec government has launched a pilot project that should lead to large scale implementation certification of the "carbon footprint" of products and services.
What does this really mean? Ultimately, the consumer sector will be able to know the amount of CO2 generated throughout the "life cycle" of each product her or she buys.  The life cycle of a product goes from manufacturing, distribution to use and disposal.  This information will be indicated on the packaging.

The initiative aims to encourage consumers to choose products with the lowest carbon footprint possible.  It is logic to think that when someone wants to buy a product and he sees that his carbon footprint is smaller than another one, it gives an advantage to the business.

In the short term, Quebec companies will therefore not charge more for their products as environmentally friendly as they are.

The carbon certification is also applicable in the service sector. Companies will be able to use it to quantify the ecological advantage for clients or simply inform the waste recycling policies, etc.

One of the main challenges of the pilot will choose from the different methodologies that exist in the world in the calculation, verification, certification and reporting on emissions of greenhouse gases.

Nevertheless, the beneficial effects of this certification or the "environmental labeling" are not guaranteed.  That is why at the end of the pilot project, Québec will pay for companies that want to certify their products to low-carbon financial assistance of up to 40 percent of eligible expenses of marketing, and up to $ 150 000. The government has earmarked $ 24 million in total for this purpose.