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Henk van Rikxoort - Product Carbon Accounting Market Assessment

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Henk van Rikxoort - Product Carbon Accounting Market Assessment

  1. 1. Product Carbon Accounting Market Assessment Joint GTZ/ISEAL Workshop Bonn, Germany – 27 October 2010 Henk van Rikxoort
  2. 2. AGENDA Background Market Status Example: Unilever Example: Tesco Ongoing Discussion Conclusions 2 Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment
  3. 3. BACKGROUND Collaboration of ISEAL & GTZ on CC mitigation Ecofys commissioned to map Climate Assurance Systems Results refined by ISEAL & GTZ in report: “Accounting for Carbon: Mapping the Landscape of Climate Assurance Systems”. Additional research needed to assess the status of Product Carbon Accounting in the market 3 Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment
  4. 4. MARKET STATUS 9 Brands and 10 Retailers examined: Brands Assessed:  Commitment to reduce GHG emissions  Status on product carbon accounting  Level of supplier cooperation/requirements  Level of consumer communication Retailers Status:  PCF mostly in test-phase  Used for internal knowledge building  LCA (ISO 14044) and PAS 2050 predominant methodologies 4 Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment
  5. 5. EXAMPLE: UNILEVER Works with LCA (ISO 14044) Database with 1500 products examined “At an average Data is used to prioritise the GHG Unilever product reduction categories of focus most reduction can be achieved Developed a set of “Good Practices” for in the use stage” low GHG tea production “We are afraid for a carbon tax on products.” “We found that that the differences between products in the same category are very small.” 5 Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment
  6. 6. EXAMPLE: TESCO Started in 2007 with CFP among selected own-brand products Since this pilot work 500 CFP of own- brand products calculatated Works with suppliers to identify emissions hotspots and eliminate them throughout the supply chain “We found that aerosol deodorants tend to have higher carbon footprints than roll-ons.” “Recycled toilet paper has a footprint a third lower than the standard product.” 6 Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment
  7. 7. ONGOING DISCUSSION Credibility: “PCF only focuses on a single environmental aspect – emissions “Lack of harmonised of GHG’s.” methodologies and methodological constraints exist.” “Lack of product specific rules (PCRs).” Labels: “Half of all respondents understood what a carbon footprint was, nearly as many “Reference to a CO2 quantity would seek products with remains incomprehensible to the lower footprints.” vast majority of consumers.” 7 Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment
  8. 8. CONCLUSIONS Product carbon accounting common practice Results used to work on effective GHG reductions together with suppliers Ongoing discussion prevents breakthrough of carbon labels on products Demonstration and quantification of GHG reductions embedded in standard systems perceived as important by Brands and Retailers 8 Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment
  9. 9. gtz Henk van Rikxoort Consultant – Agriculture and Climate Change Wageningen The Netherlands Mobile Europe +31618187108 E-mail henk.vanrikxoort@wur.nl9 Product Carbon Accounting - Market Assessment

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