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Corporate Carbon Footprint

Verified Carbon Footprint

Against the backdrop of international climate targets, industry faces ever-greater challenges in making an effective contribution to climate protection. Carbon management can offer a useful instrument, and traditionally consists of several steps:

  • Creation of an individual carbon footprint (also known as a greenhouse gas inventory)  
  • Introduction of data and process management  
  • Development of a climate strategy
  • Control based on performance indicators
  • Internal/external communication

For organizations seeking assurance that their carbon footprint is determined according to the basic principles of relevance, completeness, consistency, transparency and accuracy, and also complies with the quantitative requirements of international standards on GHG inventory, TÜV NORD CERT offers “Organization Carbon Footprint” and “Product Carbon Footprint” verifications according to ISO 14064-3. In the case of  “Organization Carbon Footprint”, we examine greenhouse gas emissions at the level of the organization, whilst in “Product Carbon Footprint”  the focus is on greenhouse gas emissions at the product level.  

Benefits of Carbon Footprint Verification

  • You gain credibility for your carbon footprint claim, which benefits internal and external communication
  • Your climate protection strategy is more transparent
  • Possible climate protection measures are identified
  • Your organization becomes more attractive to investors
  • You rise up the rankings and ratings, for example with the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), which offers a global scoring system for environmental performance

FAQs

What is a Carbon Footprint?

In general terms, the Carbon Footprint is the sum of greenhouse gas emissions which are emitted directly or indirectly by people, services or products at a certain time or over a certain period. The higher the emissions, the larger the carbon footprint; the lower the emissions, the smaller the footprint and the less impact on the climate.

What is the difference between Carbon Footprint and Carbon Neutrality?

The sum of all the greenhouse gas emissions represents the carbon footprint. It may be that upon closer consideration, emissions can be avoided or reduced at source. All those that remain can be voluntary offset through the purchase of carbon offset certificates, so-called carbon credits. This is referred to as “Carbon Neutrality” or reference can be made to “carbon neutral” organizations or products etc.

What must be included in the verification of the Carbon Footprint (area of application, GHG inventory boundary, Scopes)?

You are free to select the area of application for the verification of the Carbon Footprint, and this is noted on the certificate. It can apply for example to one specific site, all sites in Germany, all branches in Europe, all production facilities, Product X or all products from Brand XY. Areas which are not taken into account are also noted. The inventory boundary for the verification can also be freely selected, but should include all the relevant emission sources (95 %). For the Product Carbon Footprint, a choice has to be made between two approaches: “Cradle to gate” and “Cradle to grave”. 

Does TÜV NORD also create the carbon footprint (GHG inventory) within the framework of the verification?

No, as we are an independent assessment body, by law we are not permitted to verify our own work. The carbon footprint calculation (inventory) which takes place before the verification itself has to be provided by our client or by a consultant commissioned by our client. We will be pleased to send a list of consultants upon request.   

How long does the verification process take?

The time period between the audit and the issue of the certificate is generally between 2 and 5 weeks. Please remember that data has to be prepared before the audit, and the inventory calculation along with the relevant evidences have to be presented for the audit itself.

Carbon Footprint - Process of Verification

TÜV NORD CERT as verification body

TÜV NORD CERT has comprehensive knowledge in the area of climate protection, and can also offer national and international references. We are accredited by the German accreditation body, DAkkS in accordance with ISO 14065 for verification of carbon footprints to ISO 14064-3 and for verification within the framework of the European Emissions Trading Scheme. We are also accredited by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in order to validate and verify international climate protection projects.

We are looking forward to your inquiry