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International Supply Chain Accelerator: Product Carbon Footprint Measurement

Open date: Wednesday 12 June 2024   Close date: Friday 12 July 2024


The International Supply Chain Accelerator: Product Carbon Footprint Measurement is a part of the Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub programme. This project aims to support UK technology innovators and startups in identifying and addressing industry challenges to promote greater adoption of carbon accounting.

The Partnership for Carbon Transparency (PACT) is a global leader in promoting a standardised approach to carbon measurement across supply chains and brings together over 1000 companies to establish a common approach. Sponsored by Unilever and in collaboration with the members of the PACT Technology Working Group, and GS1, this project aims to develop solutions that will demonstrate the business case for carbon accounting for thousands of businesses.

The programme will invite technology innovators from the UK to apply and play a leading role in digital transformation. Digital Catapult will help facilitate and guide partnerships between industry challenge owners and tech innovators, providing funding of up to £125,000 to tackle some of the UK’s most critical sustainability challenges.

Why should you get involved?

Up to £125,000 in grant funding to develop a challenge focused minimum viable product (MVP) and supporting material within the timeframe of the project.

Collaborate with technology and subject matter experts from Digital Catapult, industrial bodies representatives, industry challenge owners and tech sponsors who will support the development of the participants’ solutions/MVPs.

Upon successful completion of the project, the participant will have the opportunity to join the future digital supply chain hub and connect with the wider supply chain ecosystem and build further collaboration opportunities.

Opportunity to participate in the programme networking events, roundtables and introductions to industry leaders, investors and potential customers.

One-to-one pitching sessions with a coach to support each company to practise, build the narrative and script for the final showcase event.

Be part of the programme showcase event in March 2025 to present your solution in front of investors and supply chain industry stakeholders.

Who’s involved


Unilever is a multinational consumer goods company renowned for its vast array of household and personal care products. With a rich history spanning over a century, it has grown into one of the world’s largest and most influential corporations.

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PACT is addressing one of the biggest decarbonisation challenges today: Scope 3 emissions. PACT ensures every company has access to granular, comparable and consistent data from its suppliers. Based on this information, companies can make smart, carbon-informed business decisions, create more confidence around the accuracy of their Scope 3 emissions reporting and disclosures, and drive accountability on reduction progress for their value chains.

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GS1 is a neutral, global collaboration platform that brings industry leaders, government, regulators, academia, and associations together to develop standards-based solutions to address the challenges of data exchange.  With local Member Organisations in 116 countries, over two million user companies and 10 billion transactions every day, they help ensure that there is a common language of business across the globe. 

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Click here to read more about the challenges.

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How to apply and next steps

  1. Applicants must apply via the application form.
  2. As part of the application, you will be asked to demonstrate that you meet the programme requirements for the challenge open call.
  3. Once you start your application you will have until 23:59 BST on Friday 12th of July 2024 to submit your application. Once submitted you will not be able to make any edits.
  4. If you wish to apply for more than one challenge area with the same technology solution, please make this clear in your application. If an organisation wishes to apply with more than one technology solution, please submit an additional application form per solution.

Should you require any assistance with the application you can reach out to [email protected] to explore the suitability of your idea for the challenges.

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