Muirhead calls for life cycle to be taken into account

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The transport sector should embrace life-cycle analysis to raise standards in emissions reporting, says leather specialist Muirhead.

The Scottish firm, which specialises in leather for transport applications, and which has developed a new leightweight leather product, argues the third-party assessment could become a new standard in passenger transport to help companies quantify the environmental impact of their activities, verify supply chains, and back up sustainability claims with rigorous analysis, thereby leaving no room for so-called ‘greenwashing.’

Warren Bowden, Head of Sustainability and Innovation at the Scottish Leather Group, said: “The need to take life-cycle emissions into account is now widely recognised in carbon footprint reporting – but its adoption in the passenger transport sector has been relatively slow. By subjecting our own products to a life cycle analysis, we were able to provide Muirhead’s customers with independently verified sustainability data – empowering them to make a tangible impact on their own journeys towards net zero.”

Muirhead Sales Director Archie Browning added: “As a by-product of the food industry, real leather is naturally sustainable – and so it should be produced responsibly too. Our unique end-to-end process means we have a fully traceable, transparent supply chain, and can optimise our carbon footprint at every stage of the leather’s journey – from farm to cut material and seat covers, and beyond.”