Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) guide

A guide to decarbonize your supply chain

What is a PCF?

A Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) is the most established metric for determining the climate impact of a product. It helps to identify, analyze, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The emissions can come from a variety of sources, such as the energy used to manufacture the product, the materials that go into it, and the transportation of the product from the factory to the point of sale.

Knowing the Product Carbon Footprint, companies and consumers can make more informed decisions and take steps to reduce their carbon footprint. This can help to protect the environment and combat climate change.

Why PCFs are getting incresingly important

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    Customers demand sustainable products
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    Competitive advantage
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    Finanial benefit (e.g. Carbon Tax, loans/investments)
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    Regulatories such as CSDR

Why are you interested in PCFs?

System boundaries

Cradle-to-gate or the partial PCF

The standard for a Product Carbon Footprint analysis considers the Cradle-to-Gate approach comprising the sum of GHG emissions from extraction of the resources up to production of the final product.


Carbon accounting methodologies

There are three main methods for calculating emissions from purchased goods and services.


Supplier-specific method

Aggregation of the PCF

The most accurate form of supply chain carbon accounting is the supplier-specific method. 

Supplier-specific carbon accounting collects product-level cradle-to-gate GHG data from each supplier at every level in the supply chain.


How CarbonBlock enables you to manage and exchange your PCFs

With CarbonBlock you can easily calculate PCFs on the basis of secondary data. It further allows for an automated exchange of primary emission data using the supplier-specific method.


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