What is a Product Carbon Footprint?
A Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) is a means of measuring greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to goods from the extraction of raw materials and manufacturing through to its use and the final re-use, recycling or disposal. A Product Carbon Footprint is based on a life cycle assessment (LCA) but focuses on a single issue which is global warming.
An increasing number of companies quantify the carbon footprint of their products. Measuring and analyzing product-related greenhouse gas emissions can help companies
• Know exactly what levels of GHG emissions their value chain causes;
• Develop their strategic framework for managing carbon emissions, and;
• Engage with suppliers, clients and other stakeholders move towards low carbon actions.
And these can help customers and consumers lower their personal greenhouse gas emissions by being able to make consumption decisions with greater awareness of a product’s impact on the climate.