Carbon Footprint

A carbon footprint is a calculation of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of a company. The calculation can be done for products, services and organizations as a whole. For many companies GHG emissions are strongly related to energy consumption, but many other factors can contribute significantly, such as, mobility, emissions from chemical production, circularity, and so on. A carbon footprint is an excellent starting point for a sustainability plan of any organization.


Together with your organization we determine the appropriate level of detail in relation to the objective. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (global standard for calculating greenhouse gas emissions) considers three different scopes:

  • Scope 1: direct GHG emissions occur from sources that are owned or controlled by the company, for example, emissions from combustion in boilers, vehicles, etc.

  • Scope 2: indirect GHG emissions from the generation of purchased electricity consumed by the company.

  • Scope 3: all other indirect emissions, i.e. from activities of other companies that play a role in your product or service value chain.

The analysis covers not only CO2 but the all six so-called Kyoto gases: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6). They are considered to be the most important GHG from anthropogenic activities.

Data collection and calculations

The necessary data is collected for the relevant domains (eg mobility, energy, water, waste, raw materials, process parameters, etc.) and matched with the applicable CO2 conversion factors. With the complete data set, our experts will convert the data per domain/activity into emissions in tons of CO2eq. the level of detail is strongly correlated with the data availability and quality.

The results?

  • Carbon footprint of a product, service, process, site or entire organization in tons of CO2eq

  • Insight into the CO2 performance

  • If the scope includes an energy audit: direct CO2 reduction potential and action plan