Product carbon footprint verification and life cycle assessment

Product Carbon Footprint Verification & Life Cycle Assessment Critical Review

Moving towards a more sustainable future with PCF and LCA services

Moving towards a more sustainable future with PCF and LCA services

Organizations face a myriad of challenges related to sustainability, environmental protection, and climate change. Addressing these issues necessitates a comprehensive understanding of a product's environmental impact, from raw material extraction to end-of-life disposal. 

This is where Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) come in. PCF and LCA help companies navigate through the complexities that come with their product lifecycle management. A conformity assessment such as PCF verification and LCA critical review provides companies with impartial third-party assurance.


product carbon footprint verification-co2Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) is a technique used to calculate, manage, and communicate greenhouse gas emissions associated with the life cycle of products or services. Based on the ISO 14067 standard, the PCF analysis produces a total GHG emission value, expressed in CO2-equivalents, that corresponds to a specified unit of product or service.


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PCF verification is an essential process in the circular economy, ensuring the accuracy of primary data used in calculating what is the carbon footprint of a product or service. This process involves both on-site and on-desk assessments to confirm the truthfulness of a study's CO2-footprint claim. Through this methodology, companies can confidently communicate their products’ environmental impact and make informed decisions to improve their sustainability efforts. Click here to find out more about our verification mark for Product Carbon Footprint.


What is LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT critical review?

LCA critical reviewLife Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a method for calculating, managing, and communicating the environmental impacts associated with the life cycle of products or services. Based on ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards, LCA examines the effects of a product or service on various impact categories, providing an overview of the environmental consequences linked to a defined functional unit of a product or service.

A critical review of LCA focuses on evaluating the methodology and the LCA report through an on-desk assessment. This review process aims to determine whether the LCA study conforms to ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards unambiguously. By verifying the LCA's adherence to these standards, companies can ensure the accuracy and reliability of their environmental impact assessments.


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While Product Carbon Footprint and Life Cycle Assessment are often interchanged, they have slightly different goals. 

 Difference between PCF and LCA

BENEFITS OF LCA critical review / pcf verification

create trust and value 

Create trust and value on your sustainability claims
Avoid being accused of “greenwashing" and reduce the risk of untrue claims by having extensive checks performed by an impartial third-party.

compliant and meet global sustainability goals

Compliant and meet global sustainability goals
Growing regulations require companies to measure and report their environmental impact, making overarching sustainability efforts crucial.


Building credibility

Building credibility
Enhance market reputation and reassure stakeholders by providing assurance that the results of their carbon footprint calculation for goods or services are trustworthy.


environmental sustainability

Boosting environmental sustainability without compromising core IP
OEMs and brands that wish to boost their market reputation and product differentiation through environmental sustainability claims can influence upstream supply chains to make accurate and reliable product emission data available.


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Process of LCA critical review & PCF verification project  

Process of LCA and PCF 


Get in touch today. Our global network of labs and experts combining with these circular economy principles can help your organisation with the requirements and available standards and schemes for different industries.



  • What are the key benefits of conducting a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) critical review for products?

    The key benefits of conducting a LCA carbon footprint critical review offers numerous benefits for your products:

    • Improved Credibility: An objective evaluation improves the credibility and transparency of your LCA study. It guarantees stakeholders its accuracy and dependability.
    • Higher Quality: Identifying inconsistencies or deficiencies in your LCA process enables a thorough and accurate evaluation.
    • Process Optimisation: The review can help identify areas for improvement in the LCA process. It results in more efficient and cost-effective future assessments.
    • Benchmarking: Compare your LCA to industry standards or competitor goods during the evaluation process. It can uncover areas for improvement and potential competitive advantages.
    • Risk Management: Identifying potential gaps in your LCA helps to reduce the risks associated with misinterpretations or false claims about your product’s environmental impact.


  • How does product carbon footprint verification contribute to corporate sustainability initiatives?

    Determining carbon footprint is vital to supporting company sustainability goals.

    • Understanding environmental impact: PCF verification calculates, controls, and communicates greenhouse gas emissions throughout a product’s life cycle. Companies that validate PCF claims gain an in-depth knowledge of their goods’ environmental impact, from raw material extraction to disposal.
    • Credibility and trust: Impartial third-party verification lends credibility to PCF findings and assertions. Companies may credibly explain their products’ carbon impact, helping to drive global sustainability efforts.
    • Risk mitigation: PCF certification reduces reputational risks by supporting product claims. It assures that companies accurately calculate and report their greenhouse gas emissions, avoiding allegations of “greenwashing” or false claims.


  • What industries or types of products can benefit from TÜV SÜD’s expertise in carbon footprint verification and LCA critical review?

    TÜV SÜD’s life cycle assessment and product carbon footprint critical evaluation serve several businesses and products:

    • Manufacturing: Measuring the environmental impact of resources, manufacturing processes, and finished products across industries.
    • Consumer goods: Determine the carbon footprint of daily commodities such as electronics, apparel, and household goods.
    • Food and agriculture: Assessing the environmental impact of agricultural methods, food production, and packaging along the supply chain.
    • Energy sector: Carbon footprint analysis of various energy sources and technologies to encourage sustainable energy solutions.
    • Construction: Assessing the environmental impact of building materials, construction methods, and building operations.

    TÜV SÜD can customise its services to fit the specific needs of any organisation wanting to understand and improve the environmental effect of their products.



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