With SpryGroup we’ve developed a pioneering, interactive data visualization (carboncatalogue.coclear.co) depicting the life cycle analysis (LCA) of hundreds of commercial and consumer products. The data underlying this development 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. CoClear was able to break down each product footprint into its bottom up contributions: upstream, manufacturing (i.e. company owned facilities) and downstream. Identifying these stages of a product’s life cycle allows companies to locate where in their value chain emissions are greatest.
The analysis of this data revealed the following:
· 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
Readers are invited to explore the hundreds of products available at carboncatalogue.coclear.co 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. A full report will be released in the Spring.
This was a collaborative effort across many entities including Columbia’s Earth Institute, Data Science Institute, SpryGroup, NetImpact Columbia, and CDP.