FAQ on Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions

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The GHG Protocol Corporate Standard classifies a company’s GHG emissions into three ‘scopes’. Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from owned or controlled sources. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy. Scope 3 emissions are all indirect emissions (not included in scope 2) that occur in the value chain of the reporting company, including both upstream and downstream emissions.

Scope 3 emissions, in particular, are not reported widely although the emissions from the value chain can in many cases account for a companies biggest greenhouse impact.

Read the guidance FAQ Scope emissions.

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