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Recommendations to avoid greenwashing
It is illegal for a business in the EU to advertise false, inaccurate, or exaggerated claims about its environmental achievements or commitments (https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/consumers/unfair-treatment/unfair-commercial-practices/index_en.htm ).
There are 3 common manipulations in LCA that lead to greenwasching: (1) false claims of sustainable electricity (2) allocation of eco-burden to low value by-products like waste (3) underestimation of use of energy and water for natural products from agri-waste and wood-waste
- For electricity, the country mix of production is to be applied. Sustainable electricity can be claimed when it is own production. Guarantees of Origin (GOs) and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are not allowed to claim sustainable electricity, unless they are “bundled” with electricity of the same provider (so called Power Purchasing Agreements), to be verified and documented in a letter by an independent accounting firm. See ‘GOs and RECs in LCA‘.
Note: Carbon Offsets (i.e. tradable “rights” or certificates linked to activities that lower the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere) are not allowed in LCA, since there is no physical relationship with the production system.
- In the case of co-products and by-products of a production facility, economic allocation must be applied on the basis of the relative financial turnover of each product, To be verified and documented in a letter by an independent accounting firm. See ‘Idemat calculation rules‘
- The eco-costs and carbon footprint of products that are made from agricultural waste or wood waste, must be derived from the amount energy and water that is required for production. To be verified and documented in a letter by an independent accounting firm. The minimum resulting score that can be accepted is the score of molded paper.