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Corporate Carbon Footprint

Corporate Carbon Footprint

Sustainable management for your sustainable business success

The fight against climate change has become a top priority at the social and political level. Also, the economy has ambitious goals: For example, more than 700 of the world's largest corporations have communicated their commitment to net-zero CO2 emissions.

The first step towards climate neutrality for companies is the calculation of the Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF). This key figure takes into account all CO2-emitting economic activities from your value chain. This gives you a quantified overview of your emission-generating activities and enables you and your company to define effective and measurable reduction targets and measures.

Benefits of the Corporate Carbon Footprint Service

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Many companies face challenges in choosing the right calculation and reporting method for their own objectives and regulatory requirements. In addition, internal resources for determining and calculating the CCF are only partially available in companies. Reliable reporting, plausibility checks, verification and certification by an independent body are always necessary.

By verifying the emissions report, we help you to enable comparability with other stakeholders.

We support you in calculating your emissions with the help of recognized standards and processes that enable comparability and reporting to stakeholders.

Process of Corporate Carbon Footprint determination / verification and certification

FAQs on the topic of the Corporate Carbon Footprint

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What is the carbon footprint?

The carbon footprint refers to the direct or indirect greenhouse gas emissions of people, services or products over a certain period of time or at a certain point in time.

Who can score the carbon footprint?

The carbon footprint can be evaluated by an internal competence team or by a third party. To ensure the neutrality of the data, we recommend having the outcome of the assessment validated or verified by a third party.

Who can verify the Carbon Footprint?

The verification body accredited by a national accreditation body (e.g. Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS) in Germany) according to specific verification standards and rules. We are accredited under ISO 17029 and ISO 14065 for the verification and validation of greenhouse gas quantification, monitoring and reporting, which includes corporate carbon footprint projects.

Which standards exist for the assessment and verification of the corporate carbon footprint?

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG) and ISO 14064-1 are used as the main basis for assessing or verifying corporate carbon footprint compliance. As for the verification process, we follow the requirements of ISO 14064-3.

What kind of data is needed for the assessment or verification of a company's carbon footprint?

We need information about the scope of the project, i.e. the number and localities of the sites, the type of activities involved, the project boundaries for verification and the sources of greenhouse gas emissions to be included. For the verification, the results of the company's carbon footprint assessment are also requested.

How long is the assessment or review valid?

Generally, it is valid for one year. For renewal, an annual surveillance audit is expected.

What is climate neutrality?

Greenhouse gas emissions can be avoided or reduced by implementing greenhouse gas reduction strategies and measures at company level. The remaining emissions can be offset directly by investing in climate protection projects or indirectly by purchasing emission reduction certificates (carbon credits) from internationally recognized climate protection programs such as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Gold Standard or Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and/or emission rights from established trading systems (e.g. European Emissions Trading Scheme). If the identified emissions are verifiably offset, you will receive a "CO2 neutrality" certificate for the source.

Determine the CO2 balance of your company, products and projects

Our Carbon Footprint Services at different levels:

Organizational level
Product level
Project level

  • Quantification of your CCF
  • Verification of your CCF
  • Certification of your CO2 neutrality
  • Support for your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & Sustainability Reporting
  • Applicable standards i.e. ISO 14064-1, ISO 14065, GHG protocol, ISO 14064 -3, PAS 2060, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

  • Validation and verification of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory
  • Verification of GHG emission reduction of projects
  • Verification of carbon credits
  • Applicable standards e.g.: ISO 14064-2, ISO 14064-3, ISO 14065 GHG protocol Verified Carbon Standard, European Emission Trading Scheme (EU-ETS)

Our Corporate Carbon Footprint reference cases

Our consultants have many years of experience and numerous satisfied clients. Have a look at our reference cases to get a better understanding of our services.


The client’s product carbon footprint (PCF) methodology certified by TÜV Rheinland is scientifically-based and in accordance with international standards.

Customer from the chemical industry

  • The PCF methodology is scientifically-based, in accordance with ISO 14067:2018, reflects the state of the art and comprise all product-specific emissions from cradle to gate
  • The client was the first chemical company to provide transparency about the CO2 footprints for the entire portfolio of approximately 45,000 products in the complex chemical value chains
  • We helped our client to offer a portfolio of chemical intermediates with significantly PCF compared to the global market average


The client’s subsidiaries in Germany, Spain, US and China received Carbon Neutral certifications from TÜV Rheinland.

Customer from the pharmaceutical industry

  • Various of the client’s subsidiaries were verified as carbon neutral companies
  • The certified companies have compensated its verified CO2 emissions by activities in climate protection
  • The certified companies have demonstrated that the Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF), calculated according to the rules set forth in ISO 14064-1 and/or the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, is zero or negative over a determined period


The client obtained the world’s first independent certifications granted by TÜV Rheinland, recognizing Blue Hydrogen and Ammonia production.

Customer from the energy industry

Our services…

  • … represent another milestone for the client to become global leader in hydrogen and ammonia
  • … strengthened the client’s sustainability commitment in the current global industry challenges related to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions
  • …helped energy buyers achieving their own sustainability ambitions


The client’s LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) method, which is applied to passenger vehicles, was certified by TÜV Rheinland, in accordance with ISO 14040/14044.

Customer from the automotive industry

  • The client wants to achieve a significantly lower life-time environmental burden for their next generation vehicles as a part of its environmental challenge to become a zero CO2 company.
  • By using LCA, the client measures a vehicle's impact on the environment at all stages, from resource extraction to disposal, of which TÜV Rheinland has reviewed comprehensively.
  • The review ensures reliable results for an evaluation for sustainable mobility concepts and helps the client to tackle it’s environmental challenge

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