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RFID will help to measure carbon footprint for individual items

Ever wonder about the carbon footprint of the pair of imported shoes you just purchased? Or the Chilean grapes you bought at the fruit store? Well, RFID is playing a greater role in carbon tracking, a movement that is bound to gain steam in the wake of the incredulous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. government is already considering carbon taxes and carbon cap-and-trade programs for corporations, and is likely to accelerate that effort in the wake of the environmental disaster in the Gulf sparked by the U.S.’ still insatiable desire for oil.

This week, NXP signed on as a sponsor for the European Supply Chain Institute (ESCI) Supply Chain Carbon Council. Established in 2007, the Supply Chain Carbon Council works in partnership with global innovators from the technology and strategic advice sectors to tackle the issues surrounding carbon emissions management and reduction.

NXP’s involvement marks the start of a multiyear research and development program promoting the application of RFID/NFC applications to accurately measure the carbon footprint of individual products, as well as allowing for effective carbon labels. The program will also highlight the application of supporting data management technologies.

The program will highlight the ability of RFID and NFC-enabled applications to bring a high level of visibility to a product’s emissions output at all stages in the supply chain. ESCI leaders hope to eventually use the solution on a global scale.

“To have an interrogatable label on all products that gives the true real time emissions footprint’ of the product is invaluable to business and ultimately the consumer,” says John Connors, CEO of the European Supply Chain Institute.

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