Welcome to the IFC's Forest Industry Carbon Assessment Tool (FICAT).

what is FICAT?

FICAT is a tool for calculating carbon footprints of the effects of forest-based manufacturing activities on carbon and greenhouse gases along the value chain.

FICAT is a Windows application using Microsoft's SQL Express database software, which Microsoft distributes for free.

who may use FICAT?

This tool is open to the public and avaiable for download now.

FICAT features

  • FICAT is based on methods from the IPCC and the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol and is available to the public without charge.
  • FICAT enables characterization of the overall lifecycle greenhouse gas impact (not just CO2) of forest product industry manufacturing facilities or companies.
  • Footprints developed using FICAT include consideration of manufacturing emissions, carbon storage impacts, upstream emissions, and end of life effects.

FICAT news

November 6, 2012

Spreadsheet tool now available to develop carbon footprints that align with the WRI/WBCSD Scope 3 (Value Chain) Carbon Footprint Standard

  • For FICAT users interested in developing carbon footprints under the WRI/WBCSD Scope 3 Standard, this spreadsheet provides element-by-element instructions, calculations and output consistent with the requirements of that standard.

August 3, 2012

Final FICAT Version 1.3 is available for download

  • The final version of FICAT 1.3 has been released. In addition to fixing several small bugs in FICAT 1.3 Beta, the final version includes (a) a guide and spreadsheet for auditing FICAT results and (b) information that will be helpful in interpreting FICAT results for Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

June 10, 2011

FICAT Update, Survey and Training Webinars

  • Several small bugs in FICAT Beta Version 1.3 have been identified and corrected. A new version (Version is now on the website (www.FICATmodel.org) and available for download under the link labeled "Installation Package (May 2011)". We encourage you to uninstall the version of FICAT you are now using, and to download and install the newest version.
  • We would appreciate your completing a very brief online survey about your experience with FICAT, to help us better understand how it is being used. Go to survey.

June 7, 2011

FICAT has been used in a new study: The Carbon Footprint of an East African Forestry Enterprise
To see the report, click the link below.

The Carbon Footprint of an East African Forestry Enterprise | Parigiani, Desai, Mariki, Miner


May 25, 2011

FICAT Version 1.3-Beta Now Available!
Enhancements include;

  • A choice of cradle-to-grave or cradle-to-gate assessment boundaries
  • A choice of methods to estimate the benefits of carbon stored in products (including the 100-year weighted average used in PAS2050)
  • The ability to develop site-specific emission factors for wood production based on site-specific information on forestry activities
  • The ability to use detailed information on the inputs to manufacturing to develop product-specific emission factors for any product
  • Updated emission factors for transport, based on the latest information from the GHG Protocol Calculation Tool for transport (including factors for personal transport)
  • The ability to export summary data into a form that can be imported into spreadsheet software
  • The ability to produce PDF files of only the summary page (no need to produce the entire report)
  • Improved file structure for opening/saving/creating files

FICAT introduction

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