How and why are we calculating the CO₂ footprint of our products?

To help achieve the goals of climate neutrality and align with international targets including but not limited to the European Green Deal on climate neutrality, the current emissions must first be calculated so that subsequent potential savings can be identified.

The calculation of the CO₂ footprint throughout the entire supply chain including both upstream and downstream emissions provides transparency to our customers of the greenhouse gas emissions of uvex products and helps our customers with their emissions calculations.

List of determined CO₂ footprints as download

Liste der ermittelten CO₂-Fußabdrücke

What do we mean by carbon footprints?

A carbon footprint is measured through an emissions calculation. This determines the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions (including carbon dioxide (CO₂) and other compounds) associated with resource consumption, manufacturing processes, transport or energy consumption. All the processes involved in the life of a product are included in the calculation of its carbon footprint. In our calculations, we differentiate between the cradle-to-customer and the cradle-to-grave reporting principles.

With this data we can also identify potential for savings through hotspot analysis and to improve our sustainability performance. The calculations are also used to form the basis for future product design, development and manufacturing processes to minimise our emissions.

What measurement methods does uvex use to calculate a product’s carbon footprint?

uvex calculates the carbon footprint of its products using the methodology outlined in the international standard ISO 14067. We calculate carbon footprints using SimaPro software and the ecoinvent database’s cut-off system model using information we collect from our suppliers and datasets based on our own measurements. The calculation method corresponds in summary: IPCC 2021 GWP 100a (based on ISO 14067) SimaPro 9.4.02 Database ecoinvent 3.8. Scope: cradle to customer. The CO2 values stated apply to the calculation period and may be subject to permanent changes.

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