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Product Carbon Footprinting
Product carbon footprinting is an increasingly popular method for assessing impacts of business operations on the climate. The initiative has a number of benefits for companies that implement it.
Product carbon footprinting traces the life of a single product from cradle to grave (i.e. from raw material extraction to product disposal) and measures the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from each stage. This is done using the well-known methodology of Life Cycle Assessment, which is used for assessing various environmental impacts of products, one of them being a product’s carbon footprint. The Life Cycle Assessment methodology is based on the ISO 1440 and ISO 14044 standards.
Illustration of the Process
The process of product carbon footprinting can be illustrated using a toaster as an example. Carbon emissions normally arise from every stage of a product’s life cycle, including:
Companies who perform carbon footprint assessments of their products gain several benefits:
Market demand for life cycle analysis has been growing over the last decade. As a result, a separate ISO Life Cycle Assessment standard (14067) was developed specifically for the evaluation of product carbon footprints, in addition to two other standards with the same purpose: the British PAS 2050 and the international GHG Protocol Product Accounting and Reporting Standard.
A Chance to Take a Better Look at the Supply Chain
As the process of product carbon footprinting normally examines the life cycle of a product from cradle to gate or from cradle to grave, it is suitable for identifying risks and opportunities for cost savings in the supply chain.
Preparation for Future Policy
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