Ceratizit has developed what it says is first standard for calculating and classifying the CO2 footprint of carbide products.

"Our goal is to establish a common standard on the market for calculating and classifying the carbon footprint of cutting tools, hard material solutions and tungsten carbide powders,” said executive board spokesman Dr Andreas Lackner.

According to the company, the product carbon footprint (PCF) standard covers the emissions attributable to Scopes 1 and 2, the upstream part of Scope 3 emissions, but excludes downstream emissions.

Ceratizit says that the classification can be added to any product sheet or sales document.