Scope 3 Emissions and Why They’re Important

May 18th, 2016

We’ve recently begun recording our Scope 3 emissions in addition to Scope 1 & 2! It’s been a little while coming, but it’s finally here!

You might be asking, “What are Scope 3 Emissions?” or “Wouldn’t they be in the same category as Scope 2?” Well the answer is no. Scope 2 and Scope 3 Emissions are both indirect emissions, yes, however Scope 2 accounts for indirect emissions from consumption of purchased energy (i.e. electricity, water, gas, heat, etc.); and Scope 3 accounts for all other indirect emissions, which includes employee commuting, carriers, ‘transport-related activities in vehicles not owned or controlled by the reporting entity’*, transmissions and distribution losses, waste disposal, production, etc..

Scope 3 emissions can represent the largest source of emissions for companies, and with it many opportunities arise to influence GHG reductions as well as allowing businesses to achieve any number of Green objectives. Such as being awarded B-Corp status!

A good thing to note is that we are paying to offset our carbon emissions through one of our carriers, UPS, which was noted in our previous newsletter and it’s the reason we are effectively Carbon Neutral with them! Generally speaking, its pretty difficult to get an accurate depiction of a company’s Scope 3 emissions, but we are striving to be more precise in our emissions reporting.

Of course we’re only scratching the surface here, but if you’re interested, check out this link to Learn More about Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions provided by Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

*information extracted from Greenhouse Gas Protocol website.

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