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Requirements and guidelines for measuring the carbon footprint of products

We are all suffocating in the heat of global warming, as the recent European heatwave lays testament to – and it may soon become the norm. A study showed that if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise as they do, by 2100 74 % of the world’s population will be exposed to deadly heatwaves („Nature Climate Change”). The only solution is to reduce our carbon footprint, but first we need to measure it.

 

For that purpose, last year, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the standard which established the requirements and guidelines for the quantification of the carbon footprint of products (CFP), which was adopted by ISS as Serbian standard – SRPS EN ISO 14067:2019.  

 

It will give organizations of all kinds a means to calculate the carbon footprint of their products and provide a better understanding of ways in which they can reduce it.

 

It allows organizations to more accurately see where the main impacts on their carbon footprint are generated related to the production of their products, and thus take appropriate actions to reduce it. For example, if it is related to raw materials, they can investigate using others, or if it is related to transport, they can look at improvements to their logistics model or investigate suppliers or distributors closer to home.