Understanding Net Zero and Carbon Footprints: Scope 3
Mar 15, 2023
In a previous blog post, we discussed the concepts of Net Zero and Carbon Footprint. In this blog post, we will focus on Scope 3 emissions, which are indirect emissions that are not included in Scope 2. These emissions are produced by an organisation’s value chain and can be categorised as either upstream or downstream emissions.
What are downsteam activities?
Downstream activities refer to emissions that are produced by an organisation’s suppliers, customers, or employees.
These can include emissions from the production of purchased goods and services, capital goods, fuel and energy-related activities, upstream transportation and distribution, waste generated in operations, business travel, employee commuting, and upstream leased assets.
What are upstream activities?
On the other hand, upstream activities refer to emissions that are produced by third parties after a product or service has been sold.
These can include emissions from downstream transportation and distribution, processing of sold products, use of sold products, end-of-life treatment of sold products, downstream leased assets, franchises, and investments.
Why does Scope 3 matter?
Understanding Scope 3 emissions is essential for organisations looking to reduce their carbon footprint and achieve net-zero emissions. By identifying and addressing the indirect emissions associated with their value chain, organisations can make a significant contribution to the fight against climate change.
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