Carbon Footprint

Steps towards effective climate action in your company

The vast majority of the activities your company is responsible for have an impact on the climate. The idea behind carbon footprinting is to create a basis from which climate impacts can be quantitatively compared. The carbon footprint can represent the greenhouse gas emissions of an individual, an organization, a production site or a product. It can be used as measurable evidence of how a product or company affects the climate, taking the entire value chain of a product or service into account. 

An ecological footprint goes hand in hand with a carbon footprint. Establishing a comprehensive sustainability strategy requires concrete information about the impact of company’s processes and products. This information is provided in the form of life cycle analyses, ecological balance sheets and resource and eco-efficiency analyses.

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Corporate Carbon Footprint

The Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF) is a useful tool for obtaining a clear and results-oriented account your company’s greenhouse gas emissions. A number of standards have been developed for calculating a company’s CCF. As the most widely used international standard, we recommend the World Resources Institute’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol. sustainable can help you with the following aspects of determining your CCF:

  • Identification of relevant activity data such as energy consumption data, production volumes, purchased raw materials, materials and services
  • Compilation of the relevant data sources
  • Preparation of a greenhouse gas inventory
  • Systematic grouping of emissions according to the categories specified in the standard or company-specific characteristics
  • Materiality analysis of different emission sources and categories
  • Identification of emission hotspots
  • Highly informative visualization and presentation of the results.

Product Carbon Footprint

The term Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) refers to a systematic analysis of greenhouse gas emissions and the climate impacts of one or more products. sustainable possesses several years of experience in assisting companies analyse and process data from all the individual stages of production, from the extraction of raw materials to the manufacturing, packaging and delivery of the product. Published data and databases can be used for the preliminary assessment of GHG emissions. However, to obtain as accurate a result as possible, we also collect product-specific data such as energy consumption and material quantity directly from your company.

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Reporting Scope 2 Green Electricity

Indirect greenhouse gas emissions from electricity, heat and process steam represent a significant source of emissions for most companies. In contrast to direct emissions from on-site combustion, however, these emissions occur at the energy supplier’s facility. There are different approaches for calculating greenhouse gas emissions associated with the purchase of conventional or green electricity supplied through the public grid. We can help your company to answer the following questions:

  • How are emissions from purchased electricity calculated?
  • How should Scope 2 emissions be estimated in accordance with the GHG Protocol guidelines?
  • What defines a good green electricity product?
  • How can I make a valuable contribution to the energy transition?
  • Which providers are recommended?

Reporting Scope 3

A comprehensive Corporate Carbon Footprint also includes the calculation of indirect greenhouse gas emissions that are not related to the energy used in production. Raw materials, materials and services purchased by your company as well as emissions from the transport, use and disposal of your products are also part of a full CCF, as are the emissions from business trips and your employees’ daily journeys to and from work. Using a result-oriented approach, we will work with you to develop methods for collecting Scope 3 data.

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