Carbon Label / CF Product

What is it?

Background on endorsement and registration of Carbon Footprint label

As a consequence of the global warming problem that has resulted from excessive greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, effective reduction methods for greenhouse gas emissions have been promoted and practiced globally. This includes emissions reduction efforts in the industrial and agricultural sectors (producer), service sector (provider), and the general public (consumer). The emissions reduction efforts in the consumer sector in relation to the producer and service provider sectors focuses on the selection of products or services with lower GHG emissions. In order to assist consumers in making environmentally responsible choices, it is necessary to provide relevant information about the product or service, such as its carbon footprint.

Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization: TGO) in collaboration with the National Metal and Materials Technology Center, Thailand (MTEC), and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) under the Ministry of Science and Technology, has promoted the development of the Carbon Footprint for Products (CFP) project. The project aims to provide an alternative to consumers to contribute towards reducing GHG emissions by purchasing low emission products and services. The project also seeks to promote and enhance the competitiveness of the Thai industrial sector in the global market.

Definition of Carbon Footprint of Products (CFP)

Carbon Footprint of Products (CFP) takes into account the quantity of GHG emissions from each production unit throughout the whole life cycle (cradle-to-grave) of a product. Carbon footprint thus calculates the carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) of the GHG emissions releasing from the raw material acquisition, manufacture, use, waste management and final disposal including related transports in all stages.

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CFP logo in Thailand is shown below:

 

pure logo

Amount of greenhouse gas (gram) presented in form of CO2eq
Number XXXg showing carbon footprint value of the product
O symbolizes Thailand as part of the World

However, carbon footprint value only considers the productโ€™s environmental impacts in term of climate change, but excludes other environmental impact categories, such as biodiversity, acidification and eutrophication.

Benefits of Carbon Footprint of Products (CFP)

 

For consumers

  • The carbon footprint label gives consumers information on the greenhouse gas emissions of products and services, assisting them in making informed purchasing decisions and providing them the opportunity to participate in GHG management.

 

For manufacturers

  • The carbon footprint label can be used to promote low emission products in the market and help establish a positive image of an organizations commitments towards GHG mitigation.
  • Through implementation of the carbon footprint, manufacturers will be ready for upcoming regulatory standards, such as ISO14067 standard (expected to be launched in 2011) and other environmental standards set by developed countries that require carbon footprint labeling for exported products.
  • Low emission technologies and manufacturing methods are promoted by using the carbon footprint label, which can provide manufacturers with economic benefits in the long term.
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