Addressing the Avoided Emissions Challenge

Published: 22/10/2013

Companies want to go beyond emission reductions in their own operation facilities and supply chains, by designing products that reduce emissions at downstream customers. A fuel efficient tire, for example, reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when driving a car; and teleconferences reduce travel needs and related GHG emissions. Such emission reductions are also called “avoided emissions”. Despite the opportunities, companies face challenges when introducing their innovative products to the market. One of the main challenges is to communicate emission reductions in a credible and comparable way. With this in mind, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) formed a task force together with a large number of chemical companies to develop practical guidelines to increase the consistency in the assessment and reporting on avoided emissions.

ICCA and WBCSD commissioned Ecofys to write the guidelines for accounting and reporting greenhouse gas emissions avoided along the value chain of chemical products. The published guidelines report provides a global standard methodology and is a worldwide example for other sectors and companies on how to calculate and communicate the GHG benefits of their projects.

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