Individually tailored business consulting services for organizations in the public and private sectors in the field of measuring the Carbon Footprint of products (ISO 14067:2018 Greenhouse gases – Carbon footprint of products – Requirements and guidelines for quantification) and organizations (ISO 14064-1:2018 Greenhouse gases – Part 1: Specification with guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals)
We calculate the Carbon Footprints of products and organizations in order to support the competitiveness of businesses.
Calculating the environmental impacts of products and processes has become an implicit requirement for lasting success in organizations operating in national and international markets. Many countries have launched voluntary initiatives (such as Italy’s Environmental Footprint Assessment Programme) that provide support for the environmental excellence of products and organizations that have assessed and pledged to reduce their environmental footprints (also known as ecological footprints).
The term “Footprint” refers to a measurement of the potential environmental impacts of a product or organization, focusing on specific issues of significant interest for the community, such as climate change (Carbon Footprint). Life Cycle Assessments have a broader scope, whereas Carbon Footprint assessments focus solely on climate change.
It may be necessary to calculate a Carbon Footprint rather than carrying out a more comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment due to a climate change-oriented outlook in the markets, in order to take part in public calls for tenders featuring Minimum Environmental Criteria, or so that the environmental commitments of companies can be presented more simply and directly.
Our service is structured as follows:
- Studying and measuring: we conduct critical analyses of the business contexts of our clients in order to gain an understanding of the expectations in the markets in terms of sustainability. We use an assessment model that has been developed by Spinlife thanks to contributions from research activities carried out with the University of Padua.
- Innovating and implementing: we calculate the Carbon Footprints of the products, processes or organizations that we assist in order to gauge their potential impacts and benefits in terms of climate change. For products, we follow the technical specifications in ISO 14067:2018 (Greenhouse gases – Carbon footprint of products – Requirements and guidelines for quantification). When it comes to organizations, we follow ISO 14064-1:2018 (Greenhouse gases – Part 1: Specification with guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals). We provide our clients with a research report that can be critically reviewed by a third party.
- Improving and certifying: we provide advice during the critical review and the process of managing relations with the certification body. Spinlife will assist you until you have received a third-party critical review or certification in accordance with ISO 14067:2018 and ISO 14064-1:2018. In addition, we manage arrangements with institutions such as the Ministry of the Environment in order to assess the possibility of accessing programmes that recognize the environmental excellence of products, such as the Environmental Footprint Programme and the Made Green in Italy initiative.
- Communicating: we provide technical support for communication initiatives to report the results of projects, drawing up dedicated summary documents to cater to the specific needs of clients.