Tackling Scope 3 emissions: A crucial step towards a sustainable future

In the fight against climate change, one sentence has often been heard in boardrooms around the world: Scope 3 emissions.

In the fight against climate change, one sentence has often been heard in boardrooms around the world: Scope 3 emissions. While this may sound like science fiction jargon, understanding and controlling these emissions is essential for any company seeking to make a real impact on the environment. But what are Scope 3 emissions, and why are they of concern? Let's demystify it all together!

Breakdown of emissions: Scope 1, 2 and 3
To understand Scope 3, we first need to understand the general framework. Emissions are classified into different "Scope" categories:

Scope 1 emissions: Emissions from sources owned or controlled by the company, such as company-owned cars and facilities, are considered Scope 1 emissions.

Scope 2 emissions : Indirect emissions resulting from the use of purchased electricity, steam, heating and cooling.

Scope 3 emissions: All additional indirect emissions beyond the direct control of the company and not included in Scope 2. This includes both upstream emissions (such as the sourcing of materials) and downstream emissions (such as the use and disposal of products).

The immensity of Scope 3
While Scope 1 and 2 emissions are relatively easy to detect and regulate because they are directly linked to a company's activities, Scope 3 emissions cover a vast and complex network of activities:

  • Upstream activities include the extraction of raw materials, transport and production of goods used by the company.
  • Transport, sale, consumption and disposal of the company's products are all examples of downstream activities.

Moving forward on Scope 3
Managing Scope 3 emissions is undoubtedly difficult. It involves a thorough review of the supply chain, in cooperation with suppliers, and, in many cases, significant strategic adjustments. However, with global awareness of climate change and its impending consequences, it's an issue that companies can't afford to ignore.

As the world becomes more aware of the need for environmental responsibility, it will be essential to consider the whole carbon footprint. The path may be difficult, but the rewards - for both planet and company - are enormous.

Article written by Tiphaine, Project Manager at MyEasyFarm.

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