Biobased: A product that is made of partly renewable raw materials usually vegetables.
Carbon neutrality: Means a state of net zero CO2 emissions. Can usually be achieved by a combination of Carbon offsetting and Reducing emissions.
Carbon Offsetting: A process to avoiding greenhouse gas emissions or removing CO2 from the atmosphere to make up for emissions elsewhere.
Carbon Footprint (CFP): Total greenhouse gas emissions (usually CO2 in kg) caused by a person or product etc.
Cradle to gate: It’s the total CFP being generated from our suppliers making the raw material and we make the product until it leaves our Warehouse.
Cradle to grave: A companies perspective on the environmental impact created by their products or activities from the beginning of its life cycle to its end or disposal of the product.
CO2: Carbon dioxide, a natural occurring gas that is necessary for photo synthesis when plants consume CO2. It is also the most significant long-lived Green House gas (GHG) in Earth`s atmosphere. Amount has increased significantly during last 50 years primarily from use of fossil fuels and deforestation.
CO2e: It is pronounced Carbon dioxide equivalents and takes into account all Greenhouse gases that is released. It gives a more correct view of the environmental impact of a product. We use this unit in all our calculations.
Emissions: substances usually pollutants being released into the air
Ethically sourced: Means a product or service that is obtained in an ethical way which includes decent working conditions, health and safety, good business ethics, upholding rights etc.
EU Green deal: EU Green deal that wants EU to reduce CFP by approx. 50% by 2030 and be climate neutral by 2050.
Fossil based: Products made from petrochemicals , oil and gas that has been pumped up from the ground.
Greenhouse gas (GHG): Any gas in the atmosphere that absorb and re-emits heat and thereby keeps the planet´s atmosphere warmer than it otherwise would be. Most common gas is CO2, and it is emitted when burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas and also emissions from human and animal activities. Other gases are
LCA: Life cycle analysis is a process of evaluating the effect a product has on the environment over the entire period of its life. Can be a product or a process.
Mass balance MB: It’s about mixing fossil and renewable or recycled raw materials (RMs) in a factory. Those paying for MB will get a certificate they are buying renewable RMs. Requires 3ed party audits for verification of certification. Very small amounts of C14 can be detected since it’s being distributed in everything that is being made. Only the party paying for MB will get the certificate. Same principle as Green/renewable electricity.
Plant based: A product that is based on Raw materials from plants which usually means vegetables that does not compete with human food chain.
Paris Agreement: It’s a worldwide agreement that was signed by 191 countries + EU in 2015 and its goal is to keep the global temp increase below 2oC
Petrochemicals: Chemicals made from Fossil oil or gas
Renewable: A natural resource that is not depleted when used
Sustainability: Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
VOC: Volatile organic compounds, usually means solvents in our industry.