Carbon footprinting


An analysis of the baseline is a prerequisite for any attempt at improvement. This is also inherent to carbon emissions management: understanding your carbon footprint and the root sources of your emissions is critical to taking appropriate and effective measures to reduce your emissions. A detailed carbon footprint taking into account emissions on the company or product level is therefore an essential component of any effective sustainability strategy.

Carbon footprints for companies

For over 15 years, First Climate has supported hundreds of companies with professional carbon footprinting services to analyze and quantify the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from a particular activity or process. In our corporate carbon footprints all business activities are included and measured on an annual basis. They can therefore help to discover and address cost reduction potentials within your company.

A carbon footprint should account for:

  • direct emissions from fossil fuel combustion, such as fuel for corporate vehicles or natural gas for water heating
  • indirect emissions from the consumption of electricity
  • indirect emissions from business travel or the use of raw materials

The most important requirement for a corporate carbon footprint is that it must be accurate. All carbon footprints completed by First Climate are therefore calculated in accordance with internationally recognized standards such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the ISO 14064, guaranteeing maximum reliability and integrity.*

In connection with carbon footprints, First Climate also offers a benchmarking service, which helps to make your environmental achievements comparable to that of your competitors. Our benchmarking service is therefore a valuable source of information for future investments and decisions concerning the management of your corporate social responsibility.

Our experts will guide you through the whole process. For this purpose, we provide you with an individualized questionnaire, enabling you to collect all relevant data and submit it to our experts. Based on this information, the First Climate team will take charge and publish a detailed emissions report for your exclusive use.

This is standard procedure as it minimizes your effort: you remain focused on your core business, and we’ll handle the carbon management. Alternatively, First Climate can also provide you with tailored IT solutions for data management such as to enable you to process all necessary data in-house.

Product carbon footprints

A First Climate product carbon footprint analyzes the climate impact inherent to the production of goods at all stages of the value chain. Unlike a company’s carbon footprint, which focuses only on those processes that are subject to the direct influence of the company, a life product carbon footprint also incorporates emissions from sources outside the corporate boundary.

Examples may be energy consumption in connection with the extraction of raw materials, the subcontractor’s manufacturing processes or logistics. A product carbon footprint also analyzes how a product is used, and which specific demands there are for disposal or recycling at the end of its useful life. A product carbon footprint is therefore also referred to as Life Cycle Assessment.

A First Climate life cycle assessment enables you, together with your partners in the production process, to fully understand your product’s environmental impact and identify opportunities to optimize product performance while minimizing resource consumption. A First Climate life cycle assessment can help highlight your efforts to reduce environmental impacts, and you may also improve your operational efficiency as minimized resource consumption frequently results in cost savings.

Due to the complexity of life cycle assessments, they require experience and expertise. With First Climate, you have a competent partner by your side. All our calculation models are based on internationally recognized standards such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol: Product, Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard, ISO 14040 or PAS 2050.

Advantages of Carbon Footprinting with First Climate


Your individual emissions report is the basis for any of the following activities to reduce your company’s carbon footprint:

Advantage 1

Based on the results of the analysis we help you to define appropriate efficiency targets for the different processes in your company and to develop and implement measures to achieve these targets.

Advantage 2

In many cases the emissions report can help to unveil previously hidden reduction potentials. Tapping these potentials offers the opportunity to sustainably reduce the consumption of energy and resources. This may also involve substantial cost savings.

Advantage 3

Based on the emissions report and the evaluation of your carbon footprint, First Climate can also offer to conduct a benchmark analysis that shows how your company performs in terms of sustainability in comparison to other companies in the industry. This provides you with an important basis for future investment and management decisions.

You want to assess your carbon footprint or to learn more about our services?
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* Information on the RFI factor applied for carbon footprint calculation:
Plane emissions at high altitude have a more severe impact on global climate than emissions from the combustion of fuel on ground level. For carbon footprints, the RFI factor (Radiative Forcing Index) is used to reflect this. Scientific evidence for the RFI suggests a range of possible values. First Climate uses a factor of 2.7 in line with recommendation by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – IPCC.

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Janosch Birkert

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Jacob Bourgeois

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Urs Brodmann

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