Partnerships for Product Carbon Footprint methodology
BASF’s methodology and proprietary digital solution for product carbon footprint calculation has proven its usability beyond our company’s scope. We have shared it with partnering software houses via licensing agreements. Based on BASF’s methodology, our partners develop software for implementation at third parties.
Steering the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions towards net zero requires the identification of reduction potential in value chains. Gaining transparency with carbon footprint on product level is an essential precondition to work towards that goal. BASF has therefore developed a proprietary digital solution to efficiently calculate product-related cradle-to-gate carbon footprints (PCF) leveraging primary data. BASF’s solution enables the company not only to provide accurate and granular PCFs for its sales portfolio, but also creates unparalleled transparency in what is driving greenhouse carbon emissions in its manufacturing footprint and raw material purchasing basket.
Dr. Martin Brudermüller
The digital solution has proven its usability for calculating transparent emission data for the entire BASF portfolio of approximately 45,000 products in the complex chemical value chains.
As the existing PCF calculation standards leave room for interpretation and allow different ways of emission allocation, BASF has gone one level deeper in defining additional prescriptive criteria in its PCF methodology, to enable a more uniform lifecycle assessment result. Only if industries follow the same methodology, PCF values will be comparable. BASF believes that its digital solution and methodology can help industries to create a level playing field.
TÜV Rheinland has certified that BASF’s method to calculate cradle-to-gate product carbon footprints is in line with the relevant international standards*.
BASF is now sharing its methodology and digital solution in the industry via an ecosystem of partnerships:
- We have licensed the software solution to a number of software houses.
- We are actively engaging and supporting our extensive supplier network.
- We are contributing to various initiatives in industry and cross-industry associations.
* ISO 14067:2018 https://www.iso.org/standard/71206.html and Greenhouse Gas Protocol Standard https://ghgprotocol.org/product-standard
Partners for product carbon footprint calculation software
To offer a pragmatic solution to interested industry players, BASF has decided to make its automated PCF calculation approach available in the market via an ecosystem of partnerships. In a first step, licensing agreements will enable IT companies to translate BASF’s methodology and in-house solution into a marketable software.
These software companies have licensed our digital solution with underlying PCF methodology:
The listed partners are licensees of BASF's digital solution and methodology. BASF does not hold any warranty of liability nor will carry any expenses for the services provided.
Partner for product carbon footprint data
To enhance the consistency levels of product carbon footprint data whenever primary data for raw material PCFs are unavailable, and to foster the establishment of a common standard, BASF supports secondary Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data providers offering datasets aligned with BASF’s PCF methodology.
This company provides PCF datasets in line with BASF's methodology: