To take action to reduce emissions, we need to understand and measure where they’re coming from. The three scopes are a way of categorising the different types of emissions a company generates in its own operations and in its wider ‘value chain’ (its suppliers and customers).
As the Greenhouse Gas Protocol itself puts it: “Developing a full [greenhouse gas] emissions inventory – incorporating Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions – enables companies to understand their full value chain emissions and focus their efforts on the greatest reduction opportunities”. Scope 1 includes the direct release of climate-damaging gases within the company itself. Scope 2 includes the indirect release of climate-damaging gases by energy suppliers.
Indirect greenhouse gas emissions from the supply chain, also known as Scope 3 emissions, are the hidden impacts within a company’s supply chain. For retailers, these emissions often make up the lion’s share of their total greenhouse gas emissions. Scope 1 and 2 emissions are somewhat easier to quantify. For energy use, for example, companies can obtain the data needed to convert direct purchases of gas and electricity into a value for the associated greenhouse gases.
For many organisations, however, Scope 3 emissions are by far the largest proportion of total emissions. Unfortunately, these are often the most difficult to reduce. Some of the actions a company can take to reduce these include working with existing suppliers and their customers on solutions to reduce their emissions.
Interested to learn more on how to reduce Scope 3 emissions? Join us for a webinar on 22 February from 14:00 to 15:00, where Donau Soja, UN Global Compact Network Austria and Blonk Consultants will provide valuable insights on how to tackle Scope 3 emissions. With new legislations on the horizon, now is the time to get ahead of the game, not fall behind!
Get a head start and hear from our experts about:
- Upcoming corporate sustainability reporting requirements (from SBTi to CSRD)
- The importance of LCA Databases for Scope 3 calculations
- The relevance of (soya) feed in reaching climate targets
- Examples of CO2 emission reduction in animal products
- Julia Weihs, Programme Director Standard and Sustainability, Donau Soja
- Daniel Fitz, Manager Environment & Climate, Reporting, UN Global Compact Network Austria
- Carolina Carrillo Diaz, Product Manager Agri-footprint and GFLI & Consultant, Blonk Sustainability
- Janjoris van Diepen, Senior Consultant, Blonk Consultants
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