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BACKGROUND Collaboration of ISEAL & GTZ on CC mitigation Ecofys commissioned to map Climate Assurance Systems Results refined by ISEAL & GTZ in report: “Accounting for Carbon: Mapping the Landscape of Climate Assurance Systems”. Additional research needed to assess the status of Product Carbon Accounting in the market 3 Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment
MARKET STATUS 9 Brands and 10 Retailers examined: Brands Assessed: Commitment to reduce GHG emissions Status on product carbon accounting Level of supplier cooperation/requirements Level of consumer communication Retailers Status: PCF mostly in test-phase Used for internal knowledge building LCA (ISO 14044) and PAS 2050 predominant methodologies 4 Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment
EXAMPLE: UNILEVER Works with LCA (ISO 14044) Database with 1500 products examined “At an average Data is used to prioritise the GHG Unilever product reduction categories of focus most reduction can be achieved Developed a set of “Good Practices” for in the use stage” low GHG tea production “We are afraid for a carbon tax on products.” “We found that that the differences between products in the same category are very small.” 5 Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment
EXAMPLE: TESCO Started in 2007 with CFP among selected own-brand products Since this pilot work 500 CFP of own- brand products calculatated Works with suppliers to identify emissions hotspots and eliminate them throughout the supply chain “We found that aerosol deodorants tend to have higher carbon footprints than roll-ons.” “Recycled toilet paper has a footprint a third lower than the standard product.” 6 Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment
ONGOING DISCUSSION Credibility: “PCF only focuses on a single environmental aspect – emissions “Lack of harmonised of GHG’s.” methodologies and methodological constraints exist.” “Lack of product specific rules (PCRs).” Labels: “Half of all respondents understood what a carbon footprint was, nearly as many “Reference to a CO2 quantity would seek products with remains incomprehensible to the lower footprints.” vast majority of consumers.” 7 Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment
CONCLUSIONS Product carbon accounting common practice Results used to work on effective GHG reductions together with suppliers Ongoing discussion prevents breakthrough of carbon labels on products Demonstration and quantification of GHG reductions embedded in standard systems perceived as important by Brands and Retailers 8 Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment
gtz Henk van Rikxoort Consultant – Agriculture and Climate Change Wageningen The Netherlands Mobile Europe +31618187108 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment