Carbon handprint

The idea behind carbon handprint is to offer solutions to our customers that decrease their carbon footprint. Product’s carbon handprint is about comparing two equal products or services and their climate impact. Carbon handprint equals the difference between the two options in their carbon footprints, measured in mass of CO2 equivalent. The bigger the handprint, the better.

For companies, carbon handprint is a measure of how much greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions a company can help its customers to achieve through its products and services when compared to a baseline product or service. 

For products and services, carbon handprint refers to the difference between the GHG emissions caused over the lifecycle of a product compared to a baseline product.

We are committed to help our customers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tons CO2 eq annually by 2030. We aim to achieve our target with the portfolio of renewable, lower-emission and circular solutions for road transportation, aviation, and marine uses, as well as for the plastics and chemicals industries. In 2022, we enabled our customers to reduce GHG emissions by
approximately 11.1 million tons. That equals the annual carbon footprint of 1.8 million average EU citizens. 

With the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology, our team has since 2016 been developing the world’s first science-based method for handprint calculation and communication. It helps to calculate the beneficial environmental and climate impacts of products and services over their life cycles, offering both scientific and practical guidelines. 

Read also about our carbon footprint.