Handbook for the Calculation

of a Corporate Carbon Footprint

The prerequisites for issuing the ECO₂L label is the systematic determination of the tannery specific Corporate Carbon Footprints (CCF) compared to the calculation of the specific location based and production based energy benchmark “Best Energy Efficiency for Tanning” (BEET) in MJ/m².

In orientation as a comparison of the “Best Available Techniques for the Tanning of Hides and Skins” specified by the EU, towards the benchmark BEET establishes a strict standard reference value for the energy consumption of all production processes at a location within defined limits.

With the help of BEET, a leather factory can therefore compare its own energy data to the benchmark, appreciate the energy efficiency of the production processes by comparing the deviation of the results. All internally and externally used energy sources of the tannery are taken into account. A direct comparison with other tanneries is possible at any time for the pure production process of all tanneries by means of the percentage deviation of the BEET values.

ECO₂L was developed primarily for the production of upholstery leather from cowhide, but can also be used for shoe upper leather with no restrictions. The model cannot be used for the small animal sector at this time due to the lack of benchmark data.

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