The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analyses the whole process from sourcing of raw materials to production and packaging, transport to the customer, usage and disposal at end of life.
Each of these steps has environmental impacts referred to as the product carbon footprint, which is the level of greenhouse-gas emissions (GHG) throughout the entire product life cycle.
The Product Carbon Footprint enables the company to precisely identify the greenhouse-gas emissions generated by the products that it produces and distributes, whilst also acquiring data and tools useful to monitor improvement in the company’s environmental performance, setting itself apart from competitors.
A commitment to the environment and sustainable choices also benefit the company because they support its green reputation, engaging consumers who are focused on safeguarding the environment.
The product carbon footprint service begins with analysis of the company’s manufacturing activity, from sourcing of raw materials to disposal of the product at the end of its life cycle, and focuses on assessment of each production step to quantify the impact on its environmental footprint of the individual unit.
Assessment of emissions for calculation of the product carbon footprint takes into consideration the following elements:
- Energy used by fixed systems (e.g. combustion of gas and other energy sources)
- Energy used by mobile systems (e.g. supplier transportation and consumption of company fleet)
- Purchased electricity and/or thermal energy consumption
- Direct treatment of waste and wastewaters
- Fugitive emissions or emissions from industrial processes (e.g. leaks of refrigerant gases)
- Production of raw materials
- Production and transport of packaging
- Product transport
- End of life and disposal of components
Energy Team solutions to reduce Product Carbon Footprint.
The product carbon footprint service involves four phases:
- Analysis: identification of the product carbon footprint and the parts of the life cycle with the greatest impacts
- Mitigation: selection of possible measures to reduce product emissions in order to minimize their environmental impact
- Offsetting: measures to neutralise the carbon footprint
- Public disclosure of the results of analysis through marketing strategies and targeted communications