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Lessons learned

 

Practical experiences, results and recommendations of the PCF Project and the Platform for Climate Compatible Consumption Germany

 

Beyond consumption restraint: Perspectives for climate compatible consumption

 

Following a public symposium in November 2010, the updated results report of the Platform for Climate Compatible Consumption Germany is now available for download below or in hardcopy from THEMA1.

 

The report (in German) outlines experiences, considerations, and recommendations towards climate compatible consumption based on practical experiences with product carbon footprinting and reducing GHG emissions in the value chain. The Platform for Climate Compatible Consumption Germany builds upon the PCF Pilot Project and brings together partners from a range of sectors and stakeholder groups to promote climate compatible consumption.

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PCF Pilot Project Germany results report


In Germany, private consumption is responsible for approx. 40 percent of the annual per capita emissions of greenhouse gases (source: “Die CO2 Bilanz des Bürgers“, Federal Environment Agency, 2007). So, what impact do the products and services we use every day have on the climate? In an attempt to find an answer to this question, researchers and companies have been talking about so-called Product Carbon Footprinting (PCF) for some years now. The Product Carbon Footprint, or “CO2 footprint“, is a unit of measurement for calculating all greenhouse gas emissions which accumulate during the life cycle of a certain product. As such, the PCF is an appropriate instrument for determining, evaluating and communicating the effect that goods and services have on our climate. Despite years of experience in the area of life cycle assessment, the discussion on PCF has given rise to new questions. That is why ongoing developments are a dynamic process and many questions have not yet been resolved conclusively. For example, we still do not have a scientifically substantiated, consistent and internationally harmonised convention for defining how a CO2 footprint is to be measured.