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Product carbon footprint (PCF)

Towards a low-carbon future

We are continuing to decarbonise our operations and supply chains, working towards our verified Science-Based Targets (SBT) and providing carbon-saving benefits for our customers.

Accurate accounting of the emissions associated with operations and raw materials is needed for an informed and directed decarbonisation strategy. 

To support our customers' scope 3 upstream carbon accounting and to enable collaboration on targeted decarbonisation actions, Croda is launching Product Carbon Footprints (PCFs) for materials produced at 12 of our global manufacturing sites, representing over 400 Crop Care products. Contact us to find out more. 

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What is a Product Carbon Footprint (PCF)?

A PCF represents the total amount of greenhouse gasses (GHG) released during the lifecycle of a specific product. Typically, product carbon footprints are calculated over what is termed cradle-to-gate, i.e. the emissions released to the atmosphere from the production (or extraction) and processing of raw materials to the point that they leave the factory gate.

Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions

To help measure and assess carbon emissions, the GHG protocol categorises emissions into Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3.

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Scope 1 emissions

Scope 2 emissions

Scope 3 emissions

PCF: A part of Croda’s decarbonisation journey

As the chemical and life sciences industries move to reduce their GHG emissions and decarbonise, accurate accounting of the emissions associated with products and services is needed.

To develop and direct an effective decarbonisation strategy, companies need to be able to identify areas within their operations with high total emissions and areas of high emission intensity. These hotspots are often where directed decarbonisation action can have the greatest impact towards achieving a company’s targets and supporting The Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C.

Our commitment to be Climate Positive by 2030

Our targets

  • Croda has Science Based Targets (SBTs) to reduce Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 46.5% by 2030 and to reduce Scope 3 emissions by 13.5% by 2030
  • Croda’s ambition is to be net-zero by 2050 across its Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions

In July 2019, we became a signatory for ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ - the UN Global Compact call to action. We committed to becoming a net zero organisation by 2050 and reducing scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions in line with the most ambitious Science Based Targets (SBT) pathway, limiting global temperature rises to no more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and avoiding the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

In 2021, we became the third major chemical company in the world to have our 1.5°C Science Based Target verified. We have committed to reduce our scope 1 and 2 emissions by 46.5% from a 2018 baseline and reduce upstream scope 3 emissions by 13.5% through collaboration within our supply chain. 

All of Croda’s sites have decarbonisation roadmaps in place with actions already underway.

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Our approach

Sustainability means doing business the right way, adapting and challenging ourselves to meet business needs, today and in the future.

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Our targets

We are developing our sustainability strategy to 2030, ensuring our alignment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our validated SBT
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Croda’s PCF methodology

Croda’s PCF is a cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment (LCA) (i.e. Scope 1,2 and 3 upstream). This refers to the carbon impact from the beginning of the raw material production ("cradle") to the moment it leaves our production site ("gate").

These are calculated using hybrid data (as per the GHG protocol guidance) and are aligned to Together for Sustainability (TfS) guidelines (aligned with ISO, GHG protocol, and PACT).

Croda PCFs include:

  • Scope 1 emissions – direct GHG emissions from Croda’s production processes
  • Scope 2 emissions – GHG emissions from the supply of energy purchased by Croda for its production processes
  • Scope 3 emissions – GHG emissions for purchased raw materials
  • Average data for inbound transportation, subcontracting, and waste/wastewater are also included in our PCF calculations

Croda will continue improving our data quality with more supplier-specific PCFs and LCAs for raw materials and more accurate accounting of our Scopes 1 & 2 operations.

PCF statements are now available for over 400 Croda Crop Care product portfolios manufactured at 12 of our largest manufacturing facilities globally. The numbers are generated based on 2023 manufacturing data. Get in touch with your sales representatives to find out more.

Frequently asked questions on PCF and its uses

Sustainability is at the heart of what we do

Our commitment to sustainability continually adapts with global shifts and has consistently been a core aspect of how we do business. Sustainability permeates every facet of our operations, enhancing the value we provide to our customers. Explore the diverse manifestations of our sustainability initiatives.


Sustainability spans every area of our business and is a crucial way we add value to our customers.

2023 Sustainability Impact Report

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Awards and certifications

Many aspects of our sustainability commitment have been recognised externally, and we actively seek certification in key areas of our operations.