During a product’s life cycle, energy is required to extract, transport and refine raw materials, to manufacture and distribute the final product, and treat the waste at the end of its useful life.
As fossil energy carriers currently play the main role in supplying energy, all of the above listed steps are associated with the generation and release of greenhouse gases (GHG) such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, etc. These gas emissions in turn contribute to the global warming effect, which is measured as the Product Carbon Footprint (PCF).
A Life Cycle Assessment according to ISO 14044 (as well as in the BSI PAS2050) is the premier methodology in determining a Product Carbon Footprint.
Facilitating such a ‘cradle-to-grave’ carbon footprint analysis of your product will disclose your real Product Carbon Footprint (PCF), reveal reduction potentials and highlight negative trade-offs, e.g. the shifting of environmental burdens from one stage of the life cycle to another. It is impossible to rely only on company specific data to properly conduct a Life Cycle Assessment and still comply with the high requirements of the international standards.
Primary data specific to your product can then be incorporated into your analyses and combined with secondary data on GHG emissions available from the GaBi databases.
Once we have helped you determine and analyse your carbon footprint, the next step is to reduce it and make your products carbon neutral. Reduction methodologies may include energy efficiency, material substitution, fuel switching, eco-design etc.
In order to achieve carbon neutrality, unavoidable carbon emissions can be offset by investing in emission reduction projects.
Assess the Carbon Footprint of your products according to international standards such as ISO 14000 series, PAS 2050 or GHG Protocol.
Save costs by reducing energy demand and improve your carbon footprint.
Risk mapping with hotspot-analysis: Find weak points and priority fields of action.
Strengthen your competitive position with low carbon or even carbon neutral products.
Get sound information regarding the environmental performance of your products to improve your external communication for your supply chain engagement.
Enhance your company image through stakeholder and supply chain engagement.
Comply with customer demands and prepare for forthcoming legislation relating to greenhouse gas emissions.