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Scope 3 GHG emissions programme

Scope 3 GHG emissions programme

PCF Guideline and White Paper
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The Product Carbon Footprint Guideline

for the Chemical Industry

Calculating the carbon footprint of products provides the best product-level information for identification, tracking and reducing Scope 3 GHG emissions in the industry.

Taking the lead for the chemical industry, TfS developed the Product Carbon Footprint Guideline for calculation for chemical materials which will enable suppliers and corporations to produce, and later on share, high-quality carbon footprint data.

  • First-of-its kind, chemical industry-specific and tailored to meet the unique challenges when calculating PCFs
  • “Audit-ready”, ISO-compliant, and accepted by the GHG Protocol
  • “Open source”, useful for global industries using chemical materials

Learn more in our videos

Discover the TfS PCF Guideline video (02:25)

Discover the TfS PCF Guideline video (02:25)

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Introduction to the TfS PCF Guideline (16:50)

The Product Carbon Footprint White Paper

Improving and harmonising Scope 3 Reporting

The TfS White Paper explores the challenges and opportunities for harmonising carbon accounting methodologies in the chemical industry. It discusses the complexities involved and suggests strategies for a more sustainable future. The paper identifies three key modifications that are vital for the chemical industry to implement to improve carbon accounting:

  • Biogenic carbon accounting
  • Mass Balance as a transition mechanism
  • Recycled materials and content

TfS PCF Data Model

For suppliers to correctly report PCF in the TfS PCF Exchange Solution, TfS developed the PCF Data Model. While the TfS PCF Guideline remains the methodological reference on how to calculate PCF, the Data Model is a more detailed and technical document describing how the PCF should be reported in term of data fields, nomenclature and formatting. The PCF Data Model replaces section §5.3.2 and respective Table 5.20 in version 2.0 of the PCF Guideline.


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Resources for suppliers

To help you take your first step in your PCF journey, we have gathered useful resources and training material together in one place.

Freely accessible to all, the Supplier toolkit will help you get up to speed in no time.


What are you waiting for?

Join us in providing accurate data and reducing emissions.

The TfS PCF Guideline and White Paper are a first step to decarbonising Scope 3

Discover the PCF Exchange Solution:

PCF Guideline


White paper


PCF Exchange Solution


Supporting documents

TfS are here to support your efforts to decarbonise. We have compiled resources in these downloadable documents.

PCF Guideline
Supplier briefing


Solution flyer


Get ready to decarbonise handbook on supplier engagement


TfS Overview on available training


The TfS Scope 3 GHG Emissions Programme: A unique solution for the chemical industry and beyond

The end-to-end TfS solution for the chemical industry to monitor, manage, and take steps to reduce its Scope 3 GHG emissions.

By using the

  • PCF Guideline as the method to calculate PCF and
  • TfS PCF Exchange Solution to share the information at scale

TfS members are equipped with the tools required to reach their GHG reduction goals and make their contribution to the Paris Agreement.

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