This story covers the key activities of TfS Work Stream 5 on “Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions”. Highlights include the publication of the White Paper, the ramping up of the SiGreen pilot, and contribution to the TfS Annual Workshop in Antwerp, Belgium.
The third quarter has been a very busy time for TfS Work Stream 5 (WS5) on Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions, with a consistently high level of engagement from all participating work stream members. A key highlight was the contribution of the work stream as part of the TfS Annual Workshop in Antwerp, Belgium. There, insights were shared on the future of the work stream at the introductory panel session by the work stream Chair. In addition, the work stream hosted a dedicated workshop on the SiGreen pilot, with contribution from members Petra Lehmann (AkzoNobel), Doerte Lorenz (LyondellBasell) and Suzanne Greene (Dow). These activities sparked many discussions and connections during the workshop and beyond.
The key achievements per WS5 Work Package (WP) are:
- WP 5.1: The WP5.1 team continued their hard work on the development of the White Paper, the publication connected to the PCF Guideline launched by TfS. The White Paper was published on the Scope 3 GHG emissions page of the TfS website, together with a TfS White Paper Summary document, and provides insights on areas of corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting which need modification to support and enable sustainable chemical supply chains – namely biogenic carbon, mass balance, and recycling. The team hopes to generate reactions and dialogue from other standardisation groups and influence the future of carbon accounting. the White Paper will be translated into Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.
The focus for the next quarter will be preparing for the next version of the TfS PCF Guideline, planned for the new year. The team is also collaborating with Catena-X on a new guideline for verification and certification of PCFs.
- WP 5.2: The WP5.2 pilot is now in full swing, and we are now entering the phase where TfS members will be requested to share PCFs via the SiGreen solution. After this, external suppliers will be invited to share their PCFs via the solution. The scope of the pilot will remain limited in the amount of data shared and aims to inform further developments and amendments needed for full use by TfS members during the roll-out in 2024. To participate in the pilot, TfS members are asked to sign the SaaS Agreement, which provides a negotiated version to the Siemens Standard T&Cs, providing additional safety for TfS members. If you are unsure if you need to sign the SaaS Agreement, please reach out to the TfS Office for more information. The next key milestone additional to piloting will be the elaboration of the Master Service Agreement (MSA) between TfS and Siemens, planned for early 2024 in preparation for roll-out.
- WP 5.4: The WP5.4 Team continues to be very active in reaching downstream industries. Through selective outreach and leverage of TfS member company channels, WP5.4 is positioning TfS as a recognised PCF standard-setter in the chemical industry and for chemical products. To date, over 60 associations & initiatives have been approached with over 100 individual engagements. The TfS PCF Guideline is recognised by initiatives like ATC, API, APAG, WBCSD, CEFIC, Plastics Industries Association, Catena-X, SCTI and WDK. Global outreach has been initiated in all regions. For the coming months, the work package plans to continue this engagement programme and expand it to include the TfS PCF sharing solution.
Katherine Agapitos, Sika, Chair of the TfS Work Stream 5 “Scope 3 GHG emissions”