Royal DSM N.V. announced recently that its Scotland-based vitamin manufacturing facility has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard certification. DSM joins a select group of the first twelve "Pathfinder" companies to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard. The Carbon Trust Standard is the world's first accreditation scheme designed to allow companies to measure the carbon footprint of their operations and facilitate an independent, specialist review of energy management practices. The use of the Carbon Trust Standard logo allows companies to then communicate their commitment to combating climate change. The award requires organizations to provide evidence on reductions in their own CO2 emissions rather than paying third parties to reduce emissions via off-setting or green tariffs. The Standard is awarded by The Carbon Trust, an independent organization set up by the UK government in 2001 to accelerate the move to a low-carbon economy by working with organizations to reduce carbon emissions and develop commercial low-carbon technologies.