CARBON HANDPRINT METHODOLOGY

Carbon handprint is a key climate impact indicator that demonstrates how a product or service reduces carbon footprint of others. To learn how to calculate carbon handprint, please read the Carbon Handprint Guide (2.0) by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and LUT University of Finland, both members of CLC.

The materials on this page can be downloaded and used to one’s own benefit. The first file is a pdf called Carbon Handprint Methodology briefly, is a short, one page long brief about the methodology. The other file is a presentation called Presentation about Carbon Handprint Methodology, which can be used to introduce carbon handprint methodology for products and services. Both of these are based on the Carbon Handprint Guide mentioned above, as well as to discussions with companies who use the methodology.

Carbon Handprint Methodology briefly

Presentation about Carbon Handprint Methdology

More information: Senni Raunio, Specialist, Project Development & Member Experience, Climate Leadership Coalition, senni.raunio@clc.fi, +358 50 3512390.

Communication guidelines for the use of the carbon Handprint methodology

Carbon handprint is highly beneficial to businesses, for example it helps to focus on a strategic target in product development so that customers can reduce their carbon footprints. It also helps in business renewal and gives fact-based information about the climate benefits of products or services. It helps to quantify and communicate the climate benefits to the public and helps companies to allocate their resources to climate-friendly innovations and investments. It also helps the company to communicate the climate benefits to investors. 

Communicating the climate benefits according to the guidelines provided by the methodology is crucially important, since a risk for being accused of green washing exists. The most important part of communicating the handprints is to be transparent and provide as much information as possible. Needs for transparency are emphasized but at the same time the communication material must be practically feasible, easy to understand and respectful for confidentiality issues. The outcome of the Carbon Handprint Initiative has considered all these aspects. 

We have collected the key principles and both “must haves” and recommendations to the paper behind this link: Carbon handprint communication guidelines.

Besides the guidelines, we have also collected examples by companies on how they communicate carbon handprints. These examples can be found behind this link: Company examples for Carbon Handprint Initiative.

The Carbon Handprint Initiative project was funded by the Foundation of the Confederation of Finnish Industry and Employers (TT-Säätiö).

INTERNATIONAL CARBON HANDPRINT AWARD

Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC) and the Vancouver Economic Commission (VAC) launched in March 2022 the world’s first International Carbon Handprint Award. The competition is for any company or organization that manufactures a product or sells a service that helps its customers or consumers reduce their environmental footprint.

“Carbon handprint” is a key climate impact indicator that demonstrates how a product or service reduces carbon footprint either by avoiding greenhouse gas emissions or by increasing carbon sinks. The International Carbon Handprint Award features two categories: Most Climate Positive Carbon Handprint Product and The High Potential Carbon Handprint Innovation.

The first recipients of the award are global digital automation and energy management company Schneider Electric and Nordic steel company SSAB. The winners were announced by CLC and VAC on September 21, 2022 in New York during the Climate Week NYC.

Schneider Electric was awarded the Most Climate Positive Carbon Handprint Product Award for its Altivar variable speed drives (VSDs), smart, connected devices that gather data and share information to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs, positively impacting profitability. SSAB earned The High Potential Carbon Handprint Innovation for HYBRIT, a revolutionary fossil-free steelmaking technology that helps to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions.

The International Carbon Handprint Award jury also granted three companies Honorary Certificates: Neste MY Renewable Diesel in The Most Climate Positive Carbon Handprint Product category and RM AirSeT, Schneider Electric’s gas-insulated switchgear, and thermal energy storage by the Polar Night Energy both in The High Potential Carbon Handprint Innovation category.

To learn how to calculate carbon handprint, please read the Carbon Handprint Guide (2.0) by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and LUT University of Finland, both members of CLC.