CoClear develops the world’s first data visualization of product carbon footprints
With software developers, SpryGroup, we’ve developed an interactive data visualization depicting the life cycle analysis (LCA) of hundreds of commercial and consumer products. The data underlying this represents the detailed product submissions made by companies to CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) between 2013 and 2017 as part of their 'Supply Chain Climate Change Information Request’. The 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, including GM, Bloomberg and General Electric, a platform they can use to explore their product's carbon footprints along with those of other companies who also reported to CDP.
CoClear was able to break down each product footprint into its bottom up contributions upstream, manufacturing (i.e. reporting company owned facilities) and downstream. For a smaller subset the percentage of transport and end of life. Identifying these stages allows companies to locate where in their value chain emissions are greatest.
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%+ 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% of companies who 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% of companies who reported product carbon emissions in 2016-2017 did not supply a breakdown of life cycle stage emissions along the value chain
CoClear’s visualization can be viewed at https://visualization.coclear.co/Readers are invited to explore the hundreds of products in the data visualization and gain a deeper understanding of products at all stages in their supply chain. Just click on the segments in each data set for detail on the data analysis and search products by company, sector and year.