Global chemical sector initiative Together for Sustainability (TfS) this week launched a new set of guidelines for the chemical industry to help companies better calculate and track Scope 3 supply chain emissions.
The new Product Carbon Reporting (PCF) and Corporate Scope 3 guidelines, described by TfS as “the first of their kind”, provide specific guidance on measuring chemical material emissions from cradle to gate. .
The group said its PCF calculation methodology can be used across industry and is applicable to the vast majority of chemical products.
As such, it aims to enable consumers and the wider market to directly compare and assess the climate impact of products, and provides chemical manufacturers and their suppliers with step-by-step assessment approaches to identify sources of emissions in the chemical value chain, TfS said.
He singled out citric acid as an example, citing it as one of many common products found in household detergents. However, estimating the PCF for citric acid has “many challenges”, TfS said, including comparing bio-based materials with calculating distribution patterns and the different uses of electricity in its production.
The PCF guidance offers clear and standardized guidance for calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for certain chemicals, such as the production of citric acid. It also defines how to estimate the use of electricity from the grid or renewable energy sources during production.
According to TfS, PCF calculations will provide the best transparency of product-level emissions to identify, track and reduce Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the guidance will enable companies and suppliers to work to reduce their emissions, which TfS says can ultimately improve carbon footprint across the industry.
The guidelines were originally created to meet the needs of chemical corporations and their suppliers, according to TfS. However, it has now been decided that the methodology can be used as an open source code for calculations and solutions in any other global industry that uses chemical products.
“PCF’s new leadership is part of the mission of TfS and our speedboat to promote sustainability and impact the global chemical supply chain,” explained Bertrand Canquere, President of TfS, President of Global Supply Chain and Chief Procurement Officer of Henkel. “By making the TfS Guide available as open source data, TfS aims to drive change beyond the chemical industry, creating a framework for other industries to work towards reducing carbon emissions. By working in collaboration with cross-industry initiatives, we hope to create a more sustainable future.”
Professor Dr Peter Saling, director of sustainability at BASF and head of the TfS recommendations work package, said the new methodology represents a significant step forward in efforts to tackle emissions in the chemical industry. “Until now, the chemical industry has lacked a common approach to calculating the carbon footprint of products,” he said. “The availability of PCF data is limited and calculations are often not directly comparable. The new PCF addresses this gap by offering a harmonized way of generating and sharing information on emissions that occur in chemical supply chains.
“This is the first industry resource of its kind to build on widely used international standards and guidelines such as ISO, the GHG Protocol and the Pathfinder Framework (WBCSD-based PACT), offering the specificity required by the chemical industry.”
https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4056764/guidelines-chemical-industry-track-tackle-scope-emissions-net-zero-commodities-hub New guidance for the chemical industry on the monitoring and control of Scope 3 emissions