Personal Care’s Decarbonisation Journey
Let’s face it, carbon can be complicated. That’s why we want to help you refresh your knowledge on all things carbon. Learn more about what Croda are doing to make an impact, and how we can help you on your own decarbonisation journey.
Croda is committed to achieving net zero and as such as verified science-based targets in line with restricting global warming to 1.5˚C above the pre industrial average.
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What are Scope 1 and 2 emissions?
Scope 1 emissions are direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are owned or controlled by an organisation.
e.g. from combustion in boilers, furnaces or company vehicles etc.
Scope 2 emissions are indirect GHG emissions that are purchased and consumed by the reporting company.
e.g. from the supply of energy purchased to power production processes
What are Scope 3 emissions?
Upstream emissions are those that occur before materials arrive at the organisation.
e.g. Emissions from raw material production and transport, capital investments and travel.
Downstream emissions are those that occur after materials leave the organisation.
e.g. The transport and use of final products.
Scope 3 GHG emissions encompass all the other indirect emissions that occur in the value chain. They therefore often represent the majority of an organisation’s GHG emissions. Croda is committed to reduce our upstream scope 3 emissions by 13.5% from our 2018 baseline.
What is a Product Carbon Footprint?
Product Carbon Footprint (PCF): The total GHG emissions produced and consumed over the lifecycle of the product.
Croda PCFs covers cradle to gate emissions, i.e. Scope 1,2 and 3 upstream.
Product Carbon Footprints allow both Croda and our customers to more easily identify and track emissions. This in turn allows for more informed purchasing decisions, as well as the implementation of effective emissions reduction strategies.
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Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) FAQs
PCFs are available for more than 800 products, or 1300 product codes, within the Beauty Care portfolio. Each PCF is site and pack size specific. PCF values are updated on an annual basis (current data is for 2022) and are therefore specific to the year of manufacture.
Units are kgCO2e/kg; i.e. the number of CO2 equivalents emitted per 1 kg of product. Carbon dioxide equivalent, or CO2e is a metric measure representing total greenhouse gas emissions (including CO2, CH4, N2O) by converting them to the equivalent amount of CO2. GHG removals are not included. Total GHG emission figure is sum of net fossil GHG emissions, biogenic emissions and GHG emissions from land use and land use change.
What is net zero?
It may be impossible to totally stop using and emitting carbon, however we can work to minimise our impact by balancing the amount of emitted greenhouse gases with the equivalent emissions that are either offset or sequestered. This is known as reaching ‘net zero’ and should be primarily achieved through a rapid reduction in carbon emissions and not reliant on offsetting.
Achieving net zero supports the Science Based Targets initiative to limit global warming to 1.5°C above above pre-industrial levels.
Croda is committed to achieving net zero by 2050.
Why should we look to reduce carbon emissions?
The current level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere is the highest it has been in almost a million years. This is primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels, which releases GHGs, including CO2, back into the environment.
This in turn leads to an increased greenhouse effect, i.e. where heat energy from the sun is trapped and subsequently warms the planet. This warming causes the climate to change, which can cause devastating effects for our planet.
There’s no denying that climate change is real and caused by humans; however, if we all take action and work together to reduce our GHG emissions, we can limit and even avoid some of the worst effects of climate change.
What is a decarbonisation roadmap
A decarbonisation roadmap can be seen as a high impact strategy to reduce carbon emissions. These plans incorporate initiatives such as switching to green electricity and investing in renewable energies, including wind, landfill gas, biogas and solar. Croda has validated decarbonisation roadmaps in place at each of our global sites, including non-manufacturing sites, demonstrating how they can achieve a 50% reduction in scope 1 and 2 emissions by the end of 2029.
What’s the difference between a carbon footprint and a Life Cycle Assessment?
A carbon footprint details the total emissions of GHGs (in CO2 equivalents) for an activity or organisation over a given period of time. It includes Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.
A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology for assessing the environmental impacts associated with all the stages of the life cycle of a product, including their impact on air, land and water.
In other words, carbon footprints are just a piece of the sustainability puzzle. They factor into LCAs, but LCAs provide a more holistic look at the trajectory of a product.