What can businesses do about Scope 3 emissions?

Scope 3 emissions are the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that your company is responsible for, but which are outside your direct control

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And because they’re outside your control, it’s no surprise that they can be the hardest to reduce. But it’s possible to do it.

Across the UK, businesses are striving to reduce or eliminate their carbon emissions. It’s a vital part of what we need to do if we’re to keep our commitment to achieve net-zero by 2050. It’s also vital if we’re to avoid catastrophic climate change.

The path most businesses tend to follow is to mitigate or remove their emissions under Scope 1 and 2 of the GHG Protocol. But even once they’ve done that, it still leaves their emissions under Scope 3 untouched.

Scope 1 emissions are those that are directly linked to your organisation’s activities. Scope 2 are linked to the energy or electricity you use. It’s relatively simple to reduce or eliminate, them entirely by changing the way your organisation works, and by using only renewable source energy.

Find out more about Scope 3 emissions and what they mean for your organisation.