By generating carbon-intensity data for each product, CoClear was able to identify industry trends, as well as track product performance improvements along value chains.
A pioneering, interactive data visualization depicting the life cycle analysis (LCA) of hundreds of commercial and consumer products has been developed by sustainability consultancy CoClear, Inc. The data underlying this groundbreaking tool — called the Carbon Catalogue— represents the detailed product submissions made by companies to CDP between 2013 and 2017 as part of their 'Supply Chain Climate Change Information Request.’
This comprehensive data is drawn from 145 companies from 28 countries, representing 30 global GICS industry groups and totaling 866 products.
This is the first time an analysis of global product data has been assembled into a data visualization, providing participating companies across industries — including Braskem,Danone, GM and Stanley Black and Decker — a platform they can use to explore their product's carbon footprints along with those of other companies that reported to CDP.
By generating carbon-intensity data for each product — through measuring the rate of carbon emissions per kilogram of product — CoClear was able to identify industry trends, as well as track product performance improvements along value chains.
The analysis of this data revealed the following:
Between 2013-2017, there was a general increase in the number of companies reporting product carbon emissions to CDP
75+ percent of product carbon emissions arise outside the companies’ direct operations — i.e., upstream or downstream in the product’s value chain
On average, participating companies with granular life cycle data reduced their products’ carbon footprints at double the rate of companies with only total product emissions. This indicates that granular life cycle analysis may play a crucial role in enabling companies to successfully pursue science-based targets through product redesign
20 percent of companies that pursued product carbon-reduction initiatives in 2016-2017 did so after receiving data requests from their supply chain partners who were already reporting to CDP
58 percent of companies that reported product carbon emissions in 2016-2017 did not supply a breakdown of life-cycle-stage emissions along the value chain
Readers are invited to explore the hundreds of products in the Carbon Catalogue and gain a deeper understanding of products at all stages in their supply chain.