We explain here, how our screening tool measures the CO2eq emissions of products and how you make your own calculations.
How we measure
So far, our screening tool measures only the climate impact of products. In the future, it will be able to measure on many more sustainability perspectives.
Our screening tool is organized around materials. It makes the basic calculations from input on the weight of the different materials that a product consists of as well as the production location and origin of materials. Furthermore, production waste, packaging and transport account for a significant part of the CO2eq emissions of any product.
These are the basic data that are needed to create a useful result on a product’s climate impact. The more accurate input data, the more accurate the result will be. Because the tool will always start by assuming conservative estimates.
Apart from measuring climate footprint on products, we are also able to make climate screenings of specific production sites. We call this onboarding of suppliers. We do this when our customers want to be able to make even more precise screenings on products by gaining specific data on their suppliers. Then, products from an onboarded supplier will be measured based on actual production data instead of average data from a specific country.
How you measure
As a subscribing customer, you get access to the tool, so that you can make your own calculations. It might sound difficult but we assure you that the front face of our tool is user-friendly, intuitive and can be operated by anyone.
As soon as you enter an amount of any given material, the tool will start calculating. For each material you add to your screening, a climate bar will reflect the emissions. As you provide more data on each material, the climate bar will react and will likely go down a little. this is due to the fact that you overwrite the presumed conservative estimates. For every field that are filled out with the correct product data, the result will become accordingly accurate. This means that your primary task is to gather as much data from your suppliers as possible. And where you lack data, the tool will add conservative estimates.
This collaboration results in a relatively precise CO2eq number that can be used for benchmarking as well as point of departure for your next task: reducing your climate emissions on products.