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Carbon Accounting software for the fashion industry

Automated Carbon Accounting for Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions based on GHG Protocol standards.

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Selected by 150+ fashion brands and manufacturers

Automated, expert-driven Carbon Accounting for the textile industry

 

YOUR CHALLENGE

Carbon Accounting requires too much manual work

When performed in-house or with consultants, Carbon Accounting is excessively time-consuming, error-prone, and resource-intensive.

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Extensive manual data collection from multiple sources

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High resource and time investment with limited automation

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Scope 3 calculations are  inaccurate or not granular enough

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No transparency in calculations performed by consultants

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OUR SOLUTION

Automated, expert-driven Carbon Accounting for apparel and footwear

Carbonfact significantly reduces the manual effort involved in your Carbon Accounting, increases accuracy, and is 100% transparent.

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Automation: Carbonfact automatically cleans and consolidates your data.

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Data gaps filling: Carbonfact intelligently supplements missing data, ensuring accuracy and completeness.

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Auditability: Calculations are 100% transparent, documented, and auditable.

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Prioritized data collection: Carbonfact streamlines supplier data collection by identifying hotspots.

 

How Carbonfact works

01 A full screening of your company operation

We start with conducting a screening with you to understand how your company operates and identify which Scope each activity should be assigned to.

A full screening of your company operation
02 Collect and Validate

We help you validate your collected data to detect any anomalies. We also want to understand if you already have any existing emission reduction actions in place, such as installing solar panels or purchasing 100% renewable energy from your local energy company.

Collect and Validate
03 Fill data gaps

We use our fashion-specific database, heuristics, and machine learning to automatically fill in any data gaps and provide an approximate footprint for locations with unknown energy consumption. We also help you make assumptions and extrapolations for business activities that may not contribute much to the overall footprint but require a lot of effort to collect data, such as commutes and business travel.

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04 Calculate footprints

Our GHG-protocol and PEFCR compliant engine automatically calculates your environmental footprints and breaks down the lifecycle of your products into their respective GHG Scope 3 categories, covering most of your Scope 3 emissions.

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05 Analyze and report your emissions

Explore your data with our advanced trends reports, perform your yearly Carbon Accounting, and generate standard or custom ESG reports to stay compliant with CDP, CSRD and other regulatory requirements.

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06 Decarbonize

Dive into your data with our analytics dashboards and simulate changes using our advanced simulation tools. Model changes across components, materials, process steps, and transport on a product and catalog level.

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A full screening of your company operation Collect and Validate Fill data gaps Calculate footprints Analyze and report your emissions-2 Decarbonize

 

Why Carbonfact

When choosing carbon accounting software, go for an industry-specific platform over a generic one. Carbonfact is specifically tailored to textile, footwear, and leather goods.

Fashion focused

With our granular intelligence across the entire supply chain, we’re able to deliver the most accurate results and offer expert advice.

Industry standards

100% coverage across Scope 1, 2, and 3 based on GHG Protocol standards. We adhere to the GHG protocol, ISO, and the European Commission’s PEF standard.

One source of truth

Keep Carbon Accounting, Product LCA, and decarbonization in one consistent platform.

Granular Scope 3 data

We use your primary data where available, so you’ll reach maximum granularity for Scope 3, enabling you to make data-driven decisions.

Report for compliance

Stay compliant with new reporting regulations (e.g CSRD). Export your carbon data for standard frameworks like GRI, CDP, TCFD, SASB, and SECR.

Real-time footprint trends

We use your purchase order data to update your corporate level footprint in real-time and compare it to your year-to-date environmental footprint.

Transparent calculations

With version control and documentation, we’re completely transparent about how we calculate your emissions. We are audited by PWC.

Minimal data admin work

We connect to your systems to create a live data connection to our platform. Any data gaps will be covered by our smart heuristics. 

GHG Emission software for apparel and footwear brands

Carbonfact is the only fashion-specific Carbon Accounting and Product-LCA platform that helps brands and manufacturers discover the exact sources of their environmental impact and take actionable steps to reduce their footprint.

 

Is your Carbon Accounting approach compliant and certified?

Yes, our approach is based on the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF), a methodology created by the European Commission based on the scientific method for measuring environmental footprints. We also follow the ISO 14040 standard and the GHG protocol. And, we are regularly audited by PWC.

Is Carbonfact primarily aimed at the apparel sector or is it a cross-industry solution?

We only serve fashion brands and manufacturers in the textile, apparel, footwear, and leather goods industries. See all of our fashion customers here.

My data is not complete, can you still calculate SKU-level footprints?

Yes, we can! Carbonfact’s proprietary database includes all the primary data (product descriptive data, data on processes and energy consumed, etc.) collected from our current customer base which has been aggregated and anonymized. Any client can benefit from this database when primary data is insufficient. Read more about how we deal with missing data (e.g. product weights) here.

Why is Carbonfact more accurate than generic Carbon Accounting software?

We never use spend-based information in Scope 3 calculations. Each footprint is either based on primary data provided by the brand or a physical proxy based on our experience. This is a non-exhaustive list of optional data fields you can feed our platform with: 

  • Weights of components
  • Weight of packaging
  • Loss ratios in the assembling phase
  • Precise transportation routes 
  • Energy and type of energy consumed by process steps 
  • Origin of the fiber
  • Fabric formation (woven / knitted)
  • Deci-tex
  • Technology used for the dyeing/printing and finishing process of the fabric, energy consumed and energy mix

Which Scopes do you cover?

Our platform allows full calculation of Scopes 1, 2 and 3. When it comes to Scope 3, we cover all categories from 3.1 to 3.15.

Does Carbonfact use spend- and/or activity-based Scope 1-3 measurements at the corporate level?

Our platform enables activity-based measurements for the following categories:

  • Scope 1
  • Scope 2
  • Scope 3:
    • 3.1 Purchased Goods
    • 3.3 Fuel- and Energy-Related Activities Not Included in Scope 1 or Scope 2
    • 3.4 Upstream Transportation and Distribution
    • 3.5 Waste Generated in Operations
    • 3.6 Business Travel
    • 3.7 Employee Commuting
    • 3.9 Downstream Transportation and Distribution
    • 3.10 Processing of Sold Products
    • 3.11 Use of Sold Products
    • 3.12 End-of-Life Treatment of Sold Products

Our platform enables spend-based measurements for the following categories:

  • Scope 3:
    • 3.1 Purchased Services
    • 2. Capital Goods
    • 8. Upstream Leased Assets
    • 13. Downstream Leased Assets
    • 14. Franchises
    • 15. Investments

Does Carbonfact have tools to model supply chain scenarios?

Carbonfact offers 2 decarbonization modules:

- A Product-level Footprint Simulator helping Creative and Production teams run and compare product-level scenarios (changes to materials, suppliers, processes, transportations modes, etc.)

- A Company-level modeling tool to model changes of material, component-level weights, transport or energy mix of suppliers and see the impact at the company-level. For instance, it is possible to model the impact of an increase in clean electricity usage for a T1 supplier on your entire company footprint. The view provides a detailed breakdown of a baseline and a modeled version, segmented by stage and product.

What are the most common data gaps that your apparel and footwear customers encounter, and how does Carbonfact address these challenges?

Here are the main challenges we see our customers face:

- Lack of structured and vetted data on the weight of components of a product

- Limited collection of primary data in energy usage and energy type among suppliers- Suppliers struggle to accurately allocate energy usage to specific production processes and brand production activities

We developed two features that allow us to deal with those challenges:

1) When we parse your data, our model uses a set of heuristics that fills in data gaps. Heuristics are the result of descriptive data gathered from our customers, anonymized and aggregated, that can then be used by our customers when there are data gaps. For example, we have heuristics covering average weight for a product category, loss-rate, and transport-scenario probabilities.

2) These heuristics can then be customized with bespoke data augmentation rules that will override the default behavior. These rules are highly flexible and can be customized for each customer. Based on your understanding of your products, materials, processes, we can also build “brand-specific rules” that will enrich different segments of product, material, or supplier data. These rules will be listed and accessible directly on the platform.

Does Carbonfact support automated data collection?

Yes. Carbonfact builds a new and customized python connector for each of our clients. This connector automates the data collection from your systems.

Does Carbonfact require a specific data entry format?

No. Our connector will adapt to your systems.

Does Carbonfact automatically generate reports for external ESG reporting frameworks? Which frameworks do you support?

Yes, our platform offers standard and custom reports to deploy any reporting framework depending on your needs (CDP, etc..) or legal obligations (such as the Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act's platform).

Which primary data sources do you typically use for Scope 3 emissions calculations (particularly Category 1)?

Our carbon model can be as precise as the level of data you provide us with. Some customers provide primary energy data up to their T3, others share bespoke LCA at the process-step level. In each case, our Science team designs a bespoke emission factor that will be added to your Carbonfact platform.

This is a non exhaustive list of data fields you can import into our platform:

- Weights of components

- Weight of packaging

- Loss ratios in the assembling phase

- Precise transportation routes

- Energy and type of energy consumed by process steps

- Origin of the fiber

- Fabric formation (woven/knitted)

- Deci-tex

- Technology used for the dyeing/printing and finishing process of the fabric, energy consumed and energy mix.

How long is the average onboarding/implementation period?

Our onboarding is composed of two phases:

  1. Building the connector to turn your data into inputs that are usable by our engine. During this phase, you will provide us with raw exports from your systems and we will do the heavy lifting (data consolidation, cleaning, normalization, etc.). We need you to generate extracts from your systems and answer our questions so we make sure that we perfectly understand your data. This phase can take up to 5 weeks.
  2. Refining your footprint: Once phase 1 is completed, you will have the first footprint results on 100% of your products. The accuracy of your results will vary depending on the level of primary data you have available for your products, materials, and suppliers. To account for this variability, our platform utilizes a proprietary metric called Carbon Uncertainty
    The goal of the second phase is to identify additional data points that will help refine your footprints. This phase can take up to 4 months depending on the level of data you already have on your supply chain and how responsive your suppliers are.

Which secondary/reference data sources do you typically use for Scope 3 emissions calculations?

Ecoinvent, EF 3.1 (PEF compliant), Base Empreinte (ex Baseimpact), Idemat, Higg, Mistra future fashion report, and the latest scientific articles. Read more here about our methodology.

Does Carbonfact enable collaboration with suppliers on the platform?

Carbonfact is not a traceability solution (such as retraced, TrusTrace, etc.).

If you already use a traceability solution, Carbonfact will connect to it, and will organize the data collection through your traceability solution.

If you don't use a traceability solution, data collection is handled through emails, xls and we will ingest any structured data your suppliers may have. This has proven to be very effective with our customers such as New Balance and AdoreMe.

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