Solvay Launches Digital Carbon Footprint Tool
International science company Solvay recently developed a new automated system to calculate a product's carbon footprint produced from raw material extraction to when it leaves the factory.
The PCF digital tool reportedly takes into account all greenhouse gas emissions generated by a product, “cradle to gate.”
According to the company’s release, the tool is being utilized across its Novecare business, which offers solutions across the agro, home and personal care, coatings and industrial markets.
Developed using PCF and digital principles, as well as advancing integration with suppliers, the new tool will enable Solvay’s Novecare business to calculate the PCF of its entire portfolio of products.
This information will also reportedly allow the business and its customers to identify areas in which emissions can be reduced, as well as regularly track progress.
“Automated and fully aligned with existing global initiatives, this digital tool will be used to drive our commercial relationships, enabling us and our customers to make informed decisions that will both reduce our carbon footprints and advance innovation,” said Mike Radossich, President of Solvay’s Novecare business.
“It will also empower our business to better manage our decarbonization strategies across all scopes, particularly by providing us with a way to effectively measure upstream Scope 3 emissions.”
Solvay explains that the automated PCF calculations are aligned with ISO 14067 and the Product Carbon Footprint Guideline for the Chemical Industry issued by Together for Sustainability (TfS). This reportedly allows TfS members to integrate the PCFs of chemical products into their product carbon footprint determinations and corporate greenhouse gas inventories, with a specific focus on Scope 3 Category 1 emissions, which cover raw materials.
Additionally, Solvay is reportedly working with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to “encourage a cohesive approach to PCF calculation across all industries.”
The project is currently being piloted at five of Solvay’s Novecare sites, in France and the United States. The company plans to implement it across all Novecare sites over the coming months, as well as other business areas in the future.