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Carbon footprint

CARBON FOOTPRINT

With carbon footprint calculation, the environmental impacts contributing to climate change of products, services, buildings or systems can be identified. In addition to providing quantitative number, carbon footprint studies provide comprehensive understanding about significancy of different factors to total carbon footprint.

The results of carbon footprint studies can be used in various purposes. For example, in possible actions towards carbon neutrality can be included in carbon footprint studies to identify most effective actions from the standpoint of carbon neutrality. Communication about the results of carbon footprint studies increases the environmental awareness of companies about their product or system, as well as may have positive impact on the environmental image of companies as a provider of carbon footprint information. When cost analysis is included in carbon footprint studies, the most cost-efficient means to improve environmental performance of companies or products can be identified.

Carbon footprint

Carbon footprint of a product

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How to gain reliable information about the carbon footprint of a product?

Companies are increasingly interested about the carbon footprints of products. Carbon footprints describes the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated during the life cycle of a product. Carbon footprint calculation typically considered the entire life cycle of a product – from cradle to grave. Carbon footprint can also be calculated e.g. with cradle to gate system boundaries considering the carbon footprint of the production and transportation of raw materials as well as the manufacturing of a product. This enables to identify points of improvement in your own operation.

We calculate carbon footprints according to international standards: ISO 14040 and 14040 for life cycle assessment, and ISO 14067 for product carbon footprints. Our experts are happy to guide you towards most appropriate methods and guidelines.

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Carbon footprint of an organisation

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What is the carbon footprint of an organisation?

The carbon footprint of an organisation describes the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated in organisation’s own operation and value chain (e.g. the transportation of raw materials and products.

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The results are typically used as a part of sustainability reporting, to support emission reduction targets and in emission monitoring purposes (e.g. as a part of ISO 14001 and 9001 systems). Factors having highest impact on the carbon footprint of an organisation and possibilities to decrease carbon footprint are identified.

How to calculate in practise?

Information needed for the carbon footprint calculation are collected from the organisation. We will coordinate data collection and take care of calculation as search data about different emission factors. The guidelines of GHG Protocol are typically followed.

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Carbon footprint of buildings

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Advantages of carbon footprint calculation for buildings

Carbon footprint calculation reveals the environmental burdens of buildings in different life cycle phases. Production of the materials, construction of the building, use phase and end-of-life (deconstruction) including material and energy recovery of the building materials are all included in the calculation.

How to use the results of carbon footprint studies?

Carbon footprint studies can be used e.g. when selecting suppliers, materials or construction methods. In practise, this means that you can identify the impacts of different materials and carbon-neutral construction site to the total carbon footprint of the building.

We can represent carbon footprint results for different parts of a building in order to identify parts which have most significant impact on the total carbon footprint. This enables the prioritization of actions towards more low-carbon buildings. For example, material choices may have notable impact on the total carbon footprint.

Flexible calculation based on your information needs

We carry out carbon footprint calculation according to your information needs in different construction phases. Your building may be in project planning or construction phase. We always take into account your information needs and value flexible and customer-driven mindset.

Credible calculation methods ensure the quality of calculation. We typically calculate carbon footprint for buildings according to EN 15978:2011. We also calculate carbon footprints according to calculation method developed by the Ministry of the Environment in Finland and European LEVEL(S) method.

We also conduct environmental product declarations (EPDs), further information available from here.

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