A clause containing mutual obligations to allow all parties to either perform their own obligations in a way that reduces their carbon footprint; and/or require other parties to do so.Skip to clause
Why use this?
This clause gives either/any party the right to request contract alterations to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the performance of the contract. This includes both changes to the notifying party's actions and the notified party's actions.
The provisions are generally applicable and can be used in many types of agreements but will be particularly relevant in supply chains. Because it is a mutual right, it may be easier to include in agreements.
How it promotes a net zero future
Contracting parties can control the outcome of their Scope 1-3 emissions. Since all parties are entitled to alter either their own performance or that of their counterparties to save carbon, the opportunities are considerable.
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Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2e or CO2eq) means the standard metric measure used by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to compare the emissions from various GHGs on the basis of their global warming potential over a specified timescale in order to express a Carbon Footprint that consists of different GHGs as a single number.
Carbon Footprint means the amount in tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent of Greenhouse Gas Emissions that is released into the atmosphere as a result of the [manufacture/supply/use] of [the Product/Service/Business Operation/Project] determined in accordance with international carbon reporting practice, being the accepted practice from time to time in relation to reporting for the purposes of the protocols to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Greenhouse Gases (GHG or GHGs) means the natural and anthropogenic gases which trap thermal radiation in the earth’s atmosphere and as specified in Annex A to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) or otherwise specified by the UNFCCC, and which currently include: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3).
Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG Emissions) means emissions of Greenhouse Gases over a specified area and period of time, each expressed as a total in units of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) [and calculated in accordance with the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard or such other equivalent and generally recognised greenhouse gas emissions calculation methodology].
- CARBON FOOTPRINT REDUCTION – MUTUAL NOTIFICATION RIGHTS
7.1. The parties agree to, wherever [practicable]/[possible], perform their obligations under this agreement in a way that [minimizes the Carbon Footprint associated with the activities under this agreement].
7.2. Each party (the Notifying Party) may serve written notice (the Carbon Footprint Notice) to the other party (the Notified Party), requesting or proposing a modification [in the form prescribed in Annex [A]] in the performance of the obligations of the Notifying Party and/or the Notified Party in order to reduce the Carbon Footprint resulting from this agreement [and outlining a way to implement the proposal]. The requested modification:
(i) must be capable of being implemented within  days following agreement between the parties;
(ii) must not result in an increase in an overall liability or cost to either party or a reduction in the quality of goods or services delivered to either party by the other as contemplated by this agreement; and
(iii) must not cause a reduction in compensation due to either party under the agreement.
7.3. Within [●] days of receipt of the Carbon Footprint Notice, the Notified Party must provide the Notifying Party with a written response either: (i) accepting the request in the Carbon Footprint Notice [and outlining a way to implement it] within  days; [(ii) requesting further information] or (iii) rejecting the request in the Carbon Footprint Notice and explaining, reasonably and in good faith, (a) why the request would have a [material] negative impact on the Notified Party in terms of cost, quality, legal risk, or other relevant factors, or (b) why the request would not have a material impact on reducing the Carbon Footprint resulting from this agreement.
7.4. [Subject matter-specific sustainable standards, modifications, and carve-outs, in addition to generic modifications contemplated in 7.1-7.3 above]
7.5. [If the Notified Party rejects the Carbon Footprint Notice without an explanation as specified in clause 7.3 (iii), the parties agree to discuss in good faith the proposed modification within  days of the Carbon Footprint Notice being rejected. If the parties do not agree a reasonable modification or where the Notifying Party considers the rejection of the proposed agreement is not made in good faith or if the Notified Party fails to provide the Notifying Party with a written response to the Carbon Footprint Notice within [●] days in accordance with clause 7.3, the Notifying Party may terminate this agreement for breach in accordance with the procedures set out in clause [●] (Term and Termination).
7.6 If the Notified Party rejects the request in the Carbon Footprint Notice in accordance with clause 7.3(iii) but the Notifying Party does not agree that the request would have a material negative impact on the Notified Party then [need to cross-refer to dispute resolution procedure].