CarbonScope Product Info

What is CarbonScope?

CarbonScope is an innovative, affordable and easy-to-use carbon modeling tool that can do everything from corporate greenhouse gas inventories to life-cycle assessments of products and services. CarbonScope is a web app that is compliant with international standards for GHG inventories, LCAs and product carbon footprinting. And it comes packaged with an extensive life-cycle inventory database. CarbonScope is offered on an annual subscription and is priced right for businesses of all sizes operating in most sectors. It is also an excellent solution for consultants who need a highly efficient and streamlined analytical platform to service multiple clients.

Key Things to Know About CarbonScope

  • The first thing to know about CarbonScope is that you don't have to be a carbon footprinting expert to use CarbonScope. You can put together a standards-compliant streamlined product LCA (for product carbon footprinting) or corporate GHG inventory easily and see useful results quickly.
  • If you are an experienced user, you can develop more complex LCAs and GHG inventories using the advanced (but still intuitive and elegant) modeling features in CarbonScope.
  • With our extensive life-cycle inventory database, you'll spend minimal time hunting for emission or footprint factors.
  • You can slice and dice the results in different ways and display them in multiple formats (tables, charts and downloadable Excel spreadsheets).
  • Annual subscription starts at under $300, so cost will not be an obstacle to determining the environmental and climate impacts of your products and business operations. Our goal is to get you to the next step where you can start thinking about how to reduce or offset your impacts.

Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) for Products and Services

Life-cycle assessments are based on a template consisting of upstream stages (such as production and delivery of raw materials or components), a project hub (representing the primary manufacturing/assembly location) and downstream stages (such as product warehousing and delivery, use phase, and waste disposal). This template is easy to customize. Simple LCAs based on secondary life-cycle inventory data can be put together very quickly in CarbonScope. More complex constructs (such as sub-projects, hierarchical modeling and user-supplied life-cycle inventory data) are available for building highly customized life cycle models of products and services. LCAs in CarbonScope model and report three key life-cycle impact categories: carbon emissions (climate change impact; Kg CO2e); energy consumption (primary + combusted; MJ); and water consumption (L).

Corporate Greenhouse Gas Inventories

Corporate greenhouse gas inventories can be assembled easily. Typical inventories might consist of a project hub (such as the corporate headquarters) and multiple facilities/operations at various geographical locations. In addition, inventories can include purchased materials, warehousing and transport of finished products, retail locations, waste disposal, and product use phases. GHG emissions, energy use and water use are assigned to the correct scopes (1, 2 or 3) throughout the modeling and analysis. As with LCAs, constructs such as sub-projects, hierarchical modeling and user-supplied LCI data can be used to model complex corporate structures.

Standards

CarbonScope complies with and is guided by the following international standards:


Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Data

CarbonScope utilizes the CarbonScopeData life-cycle inventory (LCI) database for all secondary LCI data used in both LCAs and GHG inventories. CarbonScopeData is one of the largest and most comprehensive LCI databases in North America. The process LCI portion of the database contains data for well over 1600 materials, products and processes representing a broad range of industries and geographical locations. This includes the largest available data set for North American food production and processing. In addition, CarbonScopeData also provides environmentally extended input-output LCI data.  Users can supplement this as needed with additional LCI data from other sources (user-supplied LCI data is proprietary to the user and stays with user projects).


Pricing and Availability

CarbonScope is currently in beta testing and will be released for production in June/July 2020. Annual subscriptions will start at under $300 (USD) and will scale up from there for higher usage levels. Most users (especially small and medium-sized businesses) will not pay more than the base subscription price for typical annual usage. If you are interested in participating in the beta phase, we do offer free annual subscriptions and technical support to selected/qualified companies and organizations. Please contact us to discuss further.


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