Carbon Footprint of Products Study and Reporting – ISO 14067 2

Carbon Footprint of Products Study and Reporting – ISO 14067

What is the Carbon Footprint of Product? How much GHG emissions is contributed by your product life cycle? How to find the GHG emissions hotspot of your product?

What is Carbon Footprint of Product?

Carbon Footprint of Product (CFP) is the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of a product over its life cycle stages, i.e., material extraction, production, logistic, usage, and disposal. The CFP is commonly reported in the unit of tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (t of CO2e) as a means to quantify the GHG emissions.

What is the difference between Carbon Footprint of Product and GHG Inventory?

GHG inventory involves accounting the overall GHG emissions of an organisation based on different categories of emissions, i.e., Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3. Scope 1 refers to the direct emissions from owned or controlled sources within an organisation. Examples of direct emissions include emissions from a stationary combustion (boiler) or from a mobile combustion (vehicle), and fugitive emissions from a process or refrigerant within an organisation. Scope 2 covers indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating and cooling consumed by the organisation. Scope 3 includes all other indirect emissions that results from the upstream and downstream activities within a company’s value chain.

Carbon Footprint of Product (CFP), on the other hand, reports the GHG emissions of a product throughout its different life cycle stages. Unlike GHG inventory which focuses on the overall GHG emissions of an organisation, CFP would be able to attribute GHG emissions to different life cycle stages of products, or even sub-stages within a life cycle stage. For example,a company’s production section could be categorised into sub-stages consisting of different processes within the production line.     

Is there any standard for reporting Carbon Footprint of a Product?

One of the most prominent standards for Product Carbon Footprint (CFP) reporting is ISO 14067, along with International Standards on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) (ISO 14040 and ISO 14044)

At OPTIMISE, our experts are well equipped with the knowledge of ISO 14067 and other standards for cost-effective CFP reporting to suit a client’s requirement.

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Updated at March 30, 2022 by Optimal Systems Engineering

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