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CO₂ balance as an essential part of the life cycle assessment

With the European Green Deal, the EU Commission has set the ambitious goal of making the EU the first climate-neutral continent. In line with this, national legislation such as the German Climate Protection Act calls for greenhouse gas neutrality by 2045. In order to achieve such ambitious targets, it is first and foremost up to politicians to enact appropriate legislation to limit harmful emissions.

Ultimately, however, the various industries must manage the transformation. Last but not least, increasing pressure from customers, investors and consumers is an important reason for evaluating and minimizing emissions. Marketing departments are also discovering the topic for themselves and are looking for resilient data and facts to score points with customers.

At the same time, more and more companies are incorporating product-related CO2 information into the evaluation when selecting their suppliers. Parts with very high emissions are avoided as early as the development stage or replaced with parts from a supplier that can credibly demonstrate lower CO2 emissions.

The calculation of a Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) will therefore become essential and indispensable for companies that want to remain future-proof on the market.

A PCF comprises the following five life cycle phases:

  1. Raw material extraction
  2. Production
  3. Transportation and distribution
  4. Product utilization
  5. Waste disposal

In a cradle-to-grave approach, all five phases are considered when creating the PCF. In industry, the cradle-to-gate approach is more common. Here, only the first three phases of the product life cycle are usually considered, for example as part of the Catena-X or Manufacturing-X research projects.


What needs to be done?

The increasing number and dynamics of legal regulations (Battery Directive, ELV, Ecodesign, etc.) and ambitious customer requirements are already calling for action today. Before companies can take appropriate measures in their processes to reduce emissions, comparative values must be created. The following five steps must be carried out to determine the necessary data and facts:

CO2 Footprint

How can tec4U-Solutions support you?

We work with you to create a reliable PCF in accordance with industry standards, set reduction targets and introduce suitable measures. In addition, we support you in the sustainable monitoring of the agreed product adjustments and carry out regular effectiveness analyses. In doing so, we consider all three scopes of CO2 balancing:

Direct Emissions

Direct Emissions

Energy sources at the site
(natural gas, coolants, fuels …)

Indirect Emissions

Indirect Emissions

Purchased energy
(electricity, steam, district heating …)

Indirect Emissions Supply Chain

Indirect Emissions Supply Chain

Enquiries about emissions in the upstream supply chain

The CO₂ module in DataCross

The CO₂ module in our sustainability compliance software DataCross is a highly efficient and effective tool for supplier communication to obtain the necessary emission values.

DataCross CO2 Module

The CO2 module offers you the following functionalities: 


  • Calculation of a Product Carbon Footprint

  • Calculation with databases

  • Calculation with real data

  • Calculation with mixed data

  • Managing CO2 data

  • Requests for real CO2 data in the supply chain (SCOPE 3 category 3.1)

  • Logic through which each supplier can provide data

  • Creation of product-related certificates

We also support you in validating the data, deriving and monitoring effective measures and providing the following consulting and services:

  • Process optimization in purchasing and development (product management)

  • ERP interface configuration: tec4U is a official member of the SAP Partner Edge OE

  • Taking over the data research to obtain and validate the data from the supplier

  • Training & workshops to educate & sensitize your employees

  • Strategy development for the implementation of your sustainability and climate goals

With the CO₂ module and our accompanying services, you can make a demonstrable contribution to the statutory CO₂ reduction targets and make your company fit for a more sustainable future!

Any questions?

We are looking forward to your contact.

Stefan Nieser

We look forward to supporting you.