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 environment 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. Especially for the legally compliant implementation of the EU taxonomy (Regulation (EU) 2020/852 of the European Parliament and the Council), life cycle assessments (LCA) or product carbon footprints are an integral part of the sustainability strategy. 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, for a defined use case and related to a defined unit (allocation).

Step 1 of the Climate Strategy

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.

Our Services


  • 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, the 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.

Further developments can be seen above all in the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative of the European Commission, 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.

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Chemical Industry

The calculation and breakdown of the Carbon Footprint for the products allows Peter Greven to prioritize measures to improve the product emissions balance. Read the full Case Study.

“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.”
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Peter Greven, CEOPeter Greven GmbH & Co. KG
What is a Product 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).

The Carbon Footprint of a product or service, includes all emissions occurring over its lifecycle.

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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