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Cost and Carbon Manager - Create transparency about your costs and greenhouse gas emissions

PwC software for footprint calculations of processes and products

The most important advantages at a glance

  • Calculation of costs and greenhouse gas emissions of your products or processes
  • Transparent calculation through bottom-up approach
  • Support from PwC experts

Your challenge in product and process cost calculation

Companies face the challenge of identifying which measures lead to sustainable cost and emission reductions. This is necessary to make the right decisions internally and to meet external reporting standards. Cost calculation addresses this challenge. Exemplary use cases include should costing, benchmarking, site selection, make-or-buy decisions or process and component optimisation. 

In addition, new requirements for environmental standards make it necessary to develop, produce and transport products in a climate-neutral way. The current regulations set the framework for this, but must be interpreted in a company-specific way. At the same time, current consumer trends show an increasing demand for sustainably developed and produced products. In order to meet the expectations of customers and to take into account the legal framework, companies are aiming to achieve climate neutrality.

Our Solution? Cost and Carbon Manager

PwC software for cost calculation and determination of greenhouse gas emissions

The Cost and Carbon Manager offers the possibility to carry out a well-founded analysis of the costs as well as the emissions in CO₂ equivalents (CO₂eq) for products. The tool follows the bottom-up approach to generate maximum transparency on all influencing factors of the process chain from purchasing to delivery. The product cost calculation of the Cost and Carbon Manager covers the essential use cases of the companies. The tool provides an instrument to meet the new customer awareness and the requirements for environmental standards with one's products. 

Based on process parameters, material characteristics and energy consumption, which are used in cost accounting, the Cost and Carbon Manager also offers a standard-compliant calculation of greenhouse gas emissions. This complies with applicable standards and is carried out specifically for the respective product or the process to be examined. The results of the calculation support the decision-making of companies and lead to the realisation of measurable benefits.

Benefits of the Cost and Carbon Manager


Combined efficient consideration of costs and the CO₂ footprint


Detailed analysis and high accuracy through bottom-up approach

zoom_inCost & Emissions Savings

Well-founded benchmark calculations for the evaluation of the entire product portfolio or the process chain to determine the potential for cost and emission savings


The calculations meet the requirements of the applicable regulations such as DIN EN ISO 14044 and the GHG Protocol.

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PwC experts are constantly available for advice and support

The Cost and Carbon Manager creates transparency - a use case

The familiar design-to-cost approach of vehicle components is supplemented by a new dimension of sustainability (Design-to-NetZero). To accommodate these factors, the Cost and Carbon Manager offers the necessary capabilities. Companies benefit here from PwC's integrated approach: 



The total CO₂-footprint of a vehicle is made up of the CO₂-equivalents of all greenhouse gas emissions generated by the production process - including production facilities, supply chains, purchased components and raw materials.


Production facilities

For each process, the production systems including cycle times, waste rates and energy consumption must be considered, taking into account the local energy mix, the recycling concept and much more.


Evaluation of existing process information

PwC's Cost and Carbon Manager evaluates existing process information using reference values for costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Alternatively, customer-specific information can be used.


Result visualisation

The transparent result visualisation supports you in identifying the largest and most effective levers for emission savings and in examining alternative courses of action.


The preferred price package is determined with the client prior to the signing of the contract on the basis of the component to be evaluated. Consultancy services for the implementation or elaboration of the identified levers are carried out in a subsequent consultancy project.

Basic Product-Pilot
50.000 €one-time
  • Footprint calculation for a physical product
    • max. 2 technologies
    • max. 10 additional components (e.g. screws, bolts, etc.)
    • Example: Die-cast housing incl. assembly
  • Process analysis by PwC Experts with the help of the Cost and Carbon Manager
  • Use of reference or customer data
  • Identification of levers for emission reduction
  • Project duration 3-5 weeks
Complex Product-Pilot
100.000 €one-time
  • Footprint calculation for a physical product
    • max. 4 technologies
    • max. 15 additional components (e.g. screws, bolts, etc.)
    • Example: Cold-pressed shaft incl. additional manufacturing processes (e.g. milling, drilling), heat treatment and assembly
  • Process analysis by PwC Experts with the help of the Cost and Carbon Manager
  • Utilisation of reference or customer data
  • Identification of levers for emission reduction
  • Project duration 7-9 weeks

Analyse your costs and greenhouse gas emissions

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What are the regulations followed when calculating emissions?

There are various standards, laws and industry-specific regulations regarding the calculation of emissions. The Cost & Carbon Manager's emissions calculation complies with the regulations of the GHG protocols, ISO 14040, ISO 14044 and ISO 14067 at the product level and is therefore compliant with current common reporting standards.

For which use cases can the tool be used?

The tool can be used for both individual and combined use cases. These include: Costing (determining and identifying reduction opportunities), Leverage Analysis in the context of Life Cycle Assessments (determining and identifying reduction opportunities), Benchmarking, Make-or-Buy Analysis, Site Management, Uncovering Waste Costs and many more.

Can customer-specific data also be used?

In addition to the possibility of using certified cost and CO₂ data for the calculation, it is also possible to manually enter data provided by the company.

Which industries or products is the tool suited for?

The tool is particularly well suited for industries with physical end products. Related services can also be captured and included.

How are the results displayed?

The results are available for each individual part, for each assembly or for the entire product as a list and as a bar chart. This applies to both greenhouse gas emissions and costs.

Can the results be exported?

The results of the tool can be exported and saved in CSV format.

What is Should Costing?

When working with suppliers, the question of price evaluation regularly arises. With a supplier-specific target price calculation of the components ("Should Costing"), clarity is created about the individual prices. The bottom-up analysis of the Cost and Carbon Manager provides reliable results that can also be referred to in supplier negotiations.

Calculate product costs: Where does the data for individual components come from?

The data can be retrieved from the cost database as well as entered manually.

How is the CO₂ footprint for products calculated?

The CO₂ footprint is calculated from the sum of all CO₂ equivalents of the individual process steps a product goes through - starting with the cost of the raw material and ending with acquisition costs for individual machines.

What are greenhouse gases?

Greenhouse gases are gases with global warming potential (GWP) according to the Kyoto Protocol. The gases are: Carbon dioxide (CO₂), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O), as well as the fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases): hydrogen-containing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3).

What is a CO₂-equivalent (CO₂eq)?

CO₂-equivalents are used to express the climate impact of the different greenhouse gases in comparison to the impact of carbon dioxide, as some of these contribute more strongly to climate change. Greenhouse gases are measured and presented in the unit gram CO₂-equivalent (g CO₂eq).

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