Calculate your Product Carbon Footprint including upstream and downstream emissions
There is still no legal obligation to calculate Product Carbon Footprints (PCF). Nevertheless, they are already often decisive for the award of a contract. For legally compliant implementation of the EU taxonomy (Regulation (EU) 2020/852 of the European Parliament and of the Council), life cycle assessments (LCA) or product carbon footprints are an integral part of the sustainability strategy. The determination of a PCF is usually very complex and time-consuming, as the carbon footprint of a product should show the greenhouse gas emissions along the entire life cycle in a defined application and related to a defined unit of use (allocation).
At DFGE, we support you throughout the entire product carbon footprint calculation. We take into account upstream and downstream processes, including manufacturing, transport emissions, production and distribution as well as waste disposal. With our top-down approach, we can provide an emissions balance for your product within a short period of time that complies with international standards such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and withstands third-party audits. This allows you to communicate a scientifically sound sustainability management and optimize your CSR strategy.
“By calculating the emissions of two of our products, we meet the needs of our customers on the one hand, and publicly demonstrate on the other hand that we are aware of the sustainability theme – an important differentiator from our competitors.”
In addition to the Corporate Carbon Footprint, which takes into account the total emissions of a company, a company can initially focus on calculating a product carbon footprint. The Product Carbon Footprint calculated according to scientific standards and the DFGE Top-Down approach forms the basis and the first step in the climate strategy.
- We reduce the effort for you as much as possible
- Based on an initial briefing we collect all information
- Complete calculation of the product carbon footprint
- Identification of benchmarks and savings potentials
- We help you to build up your own know-how with workshops & trainings
- Tailor-made consulting services
- Validation of your calculations or those of third parties according to international standards such as GHG Protocol or ISO 14064
- The calculation must take into account the production including transport of the raw materials used, the actual production and distribution, but also the use and downstream processes such as disposal.
- Thanks to DFGE’s experience and the DFGE TopDown approach, an emissions balance for a product can be calculated in a relatively short time using a recursive and integrative procedure that also withstands third-party audits.
- The accounting is carried out according to the internationally recognized Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard) and is based on the English standard of PAS 2050:2008 as well as the international standard ISO 14067:2013.
- Further developments can be seen above all in the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative of the European Commission, which will further strengthen the more comprehensive life cycle assessment concept.
- We advise you on which standards need to be taken into account and how you can best achieve the requirements of sustainable business by reducing your Product Carbon Footprint.
The English term carbon footprint (CF) has also become established in Germany and is increasingly replacing the terms CO2 footprint and CO2 balance. It represents the sum of all carbon dioxide emissions (measured in CO₂) and greenhouse gas emissions (measured in CO₂-equivalents, CO₂-eq) caused directly and indirectly by a company, a product or a service over a defined period of time or over its life cycle.
The determination of an emissions balance is necessary to measure impacts on the climate generated by companies and products. In the course of the recording and calculation, ecological weak points as well as drivers of emissions can be discovered and optimized. The determined value of the carbon footprint subsequently serves as a reference value that must be reduced in order to achieve international and national climate targets.
- International Organization for Standarization | International norms for CO2 balances and assessment like ISO 14000ff, ISO 14064 Green House Gases
- Deutsches Institut für Normung | National and EU wide norms for CO2 balances and assessment like DIN EN 16258
- Verein Deutscher Ingenieure | Publisher of relevant guidelines like VDI 4600 Kumulierter Energieaufwand
- United Nations Environment Programme | Facts and background regarding the UN environmental program
- United Nations Framework Convention | Background information regarding climate programs like Kyoto, data and methods
- Umweltcluster Bayern | Network of the Bavarian environmental economy
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change | Leading international organization for an assessment of climate change
- European Environment Agency | Environmental agency of the EU
- UK – Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | UK energy ministry with tools and background regarding CO2 balances
- Green House Gas Protocol Initiative | Tools and methods, internationally recognized calculation protocol for emissions
- European Commission Life Cycle Thinking and Assesment | EU research centre for life cycle assessment (LCA)
- Carbon Disclosure Project | Voluntary international database for emission data and company activities
- Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit | Background and information of the German government regarding climate protection