Product Carbon Footprint

Calculate your product carbon footprint including upstream and downstream emissions

produkt-carbon-footprint-bagIn some countries of Europe, products are already sold along with comprehensive information about their carbon footprint, or more specifically, the impact the production and distribution of that product has on the enviornment and climate change. Even if no legal obligation for a product carbon footprint calculation exists until today, these calculations are more and more demanded and can be the decisive factor for winning a contract. The procedure to establish a PCF is normally quite complex, as the CO2 balance of a product is intended to reflect its emissions along the whole life cycle (LCA), for a defined use case and related to a defined unit (allocation).

Our services


  • Calculation of your Carbon Footprint (Scope 1 and 2)
  • First detection of potentials for emission savings
  • Valid basic data for your environmental report


  • We reduce your invested effort as much as possible
  • Based on an initial briefing, we collect all information
  • Complete calculation of your Product Carbon Footprint
  • Presentation of benchmarks and potentials for emissions savings


  • We help you to establish know-how
  • Workshops & trainings
  • Tailor-made consulting services
  • Validation of your calculations according to international standards like GHG protocol or ISO 14064

Why you should contact DFGE for your Product Carbon Footprint:

For the calculation, production and transport of used resources, actual production process, distribution as well as usage and downstream processes like waste disposal have to be taken into account. Based on the experience of DFGE and by means of the TopDown Approach, a product emissions balance can be calculated in a relatively short timeframe.

The accounting process is carried out in accordance with the internationally recognized Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard), and is partly based on the English standard PAS 2050:2008, as well as on the international Norm 14067:2013.

As further development, the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative of the European Commission can be seen, which will strengthen the idea of a comprehensive eco balance.

We can advise you about which norms have to be taken into account, and how you can achieve a sustainable business through a reduction of your product carbon footprint.

„Being an owner-lead company with lean structures, we have to invest our capacities with caution. Top priorities are quality and effectiveness of our products. However, and thanks to the extensive support by DFGE, we could establish in parallel a very practicable sustainability management.”
Michael Kroll, Optima Pharmazeutische GmbH
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Pharma / Healthcare

Carbon neutral eye care to help solve climate change  – certified by TÜV for Optima Pharmazeutische GmbH.


Critical assessment of ecobalance, automotive supplier Carbon Footprint and CDP participation for Dräxlmaier Group.

What is a Carbon footprint?

The Carbon Footprint is a descriptive, wide-used term for the greenhouse gas emission balance of an entire organization, or alternatively, of a single product or service. It includes emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (measured in CO2 equivalents / CO2-eq).

In the case of an organization like a company or public institution, the Carbon Footprint includes all emissions that are directly or indirectly caused by the activities of the organization over a certain time, usually a year. The Carbon Footprint of a product or service, in turn, includes all emissions occurring over its lifecycle.

Calculating the Carbon Footprint is the central step in measuring what effects a company’s activities and products have on climate change. In the process, main drivers of emissions and weak spots in a company’s ecological performance are discovered and can be optimized. The resulting Carbon Footprint serves as a guideline for own contributions to meeting local, national and international climate targets.

Relevant norms and standards

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