Icelandic Water Holdings has received a plaudit for its carbon footprint reduction efforts.

The company, which produced Icelandic Glacial Natural Spring Water, said yesterday (14 June) that it has been awarded 'CarbonNeutral Certification' from The CarbonNeutral Company. The certificate makes Icelandic Glacial the first super-premium bottled water distributed in the US to be recognised for its commitment to reduce its carbon imprint, the company claimed.

"Icelandic Glacial is excited to take a leadership role in the international bottled water community to reduce our overall impact on the environment, and encourage others within the industry to follow in our footsteps and take active steps to create a better environment and a better world," said Jon Olafsson, chairman of Icelandic Glacial. "Today's announcement is just the beginning of an ongoing commitment to continually assess every aspect of our business so that we can take ongoing positive action in the international fight against global warming."

In order to receive the certification, a company must follow the CarbonNeutral Protocol, a framework for effective action created by The CarbonNeutral Company. Companies are required to take ongoing voluntary action on their contribution to minimising climate change. To carry the trademark on a product, a company's CO2 emissions must have been assessed, the areas of reduction identified, and the remaining emissions offset through carbon projects around the world. Companies must also take an active role in communicating the specific actions they will be taking to reduce their impact on global climate change.