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Carbon Footprint

Measuring the Global Warming Potential

A carbon footprint of a product is the part of the result from a Life Cycle Assessment that deals with impacts on climate change. It relates to carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases such as methane and laughing gas. The greenhouse gases are emitted e.g. when burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat and transportation as well as decomposition of organic materials. Carbon footprints are calculated using the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of each of the greenhouse gases that are emitted throughout the life cycle. The GWP of a gas is a measure of its contribution to global warming; the stronger the effect a gas has on warming the earth, the higher its GWP. The words climate declaration, carbon footprint or Product GHG inventory are synonym, but their calculation may differ depending on the context. We are participating in the development and testing of the Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard, from the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative as well as following closely the development of an ISO standard.  If desired by the client, the carbon footprint can be reviewed by a third party to enhance credibility.

Why calculate the carbon footprint of your product

  • The carbon footprint shows you where you can most effectively make changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and costs throughout the value chain

  • A third party assured carbon footprint gives credibility to your company

  • The customer demand for carbon footprints is rising