Perstorp is aligning with the new industry standard for product carbon footprint (PCF), developed by the industrial initiative Together for Sustainability. Perstorp can already provide product carbon footprint values for about 85 % of its products (based on sales volume), and is continuously adding more products.
Carbon footprint data is central for companies working towards CO2 emission reduction targets, and for making informed decisions by comparing the footprint of different products. To enable companies further down the value chains including brand owners to make carbon footprint calculations of their individual products, it is crucial that the chemical industry can provide this data for their products, which in turn are raw materials used in thousands of end products.
“Transparently sharing this type of information with our customers is an important part of being a sustainable solutions provider and serving value chain needs,” says Anna Berggren, VP Sustainability at Perstorp. “Product carbon footprint is an important way of providing value with our Pro-Environment products; it shows how they reduce CO2 emissions by substituting fossil feedstock with renewable or recycled alternatives, which gives an effect for all downstream parties and products in the value chain. We have products already today that are climate positive up to our gate when including biogenic CO2 uptake*, and we will continuously reduce the carbon footprint of all our products along our reduction roadmaps towards reaching our Science-Based emission reduction targets in 2030.”
As part of the joint initiative Together for Sustainability, companies from the global chemical industry have agreed on a global guideline for calculating product carbon footprints. Perstorp was one of several companies who evaluated and tested the new methodology during spring 2022. Perstorp has been calculating and sharing product carbon footprint values with customers for many years, but has now also developed a digital tool that makes it easy and accessible to share the values with customers.
Together for Sustainability is an industry-leading initiative driven by chemical procurement specialists. Each member is dedicated to building sustainable chemical supply chains, regulatory requirements, and responding to the needs and expectations of society.
*Biogenic CO2 uptake is the CO2 taken up by the plant/biomass from the atmosphere via the photosynthesis while growing.