The carbon footprint of products is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) that are generated in each phase of the product lifecycle (from the extraction of raw materials to the eventual abandonment of the product).
Currently, there are several general and sector-specific standards, references and guides to calculate the carbon footprint of products promoted by different public and private institutions. For example, PAS 2050, GHG Protocol, ISO 14067, International Wine Carbon Footprint Protocol, etc.
This third-party verification of calculated greenhouse gas emissions of a product is the first move towards developing subsequent verifications with a greater environmental benefit, such as reducing (through reduction projects) or offsetting emissions (which also leads indirectly to reductions through projects that offset emissions).
There are three possible types of product/service verification:
A carbon footprint is applicable to products, services, organisations, transportation, buildings and events.
AENOR will prepare a Verification Report and will issue an AENOR Environmental Mark Certificate for Calculated, Offset or Reduced CO2 Emissions. The organisation obtains a licence to use the AENOR Environmental Mark for Calculated, Offset or Reduced CO2 Emissions, which guarantees voluntary commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, collaborating alongside other organisations in the fight against the climate change.
AENOR Environment Mark Calculated CO2 Emissions
AENOR Environment MarkReduced CO2 Emissions
AENOR Environment Mark for CO2 Emissions offsetting
AENOR has granted the AENOR Environment Mark for Calculated CO2 for over 150 product references around the world.