What scopes and what emissions boundary is used in the Trace methodology?

The emissions boundary for a carbon assessment with Trace must include all emissions under the direct control or ownership of an organisation, as well as emissions they can strongly influence, including key suppliers. 

We make it easy for our clients by defining their emissions boundary based on the type of business they are and the level of control they generally have on emissions. In simple terms, we’ve used recognised methodologies and benchmarks from our client base to determine what is and isn’t included. If you don’t have data for an item we require a short explanatory statement as to why it has been excluded (e.g. “no flights taken during measurement period”), or apply an assumption that includes an uplift*. 

*An uplift factor is an upwards adjustment to the total carbon inventory to account for relevant emissions, which can’t be reasonably calculated or estimated.

We also ensure that you have all the information you need to talk about your annual emissions.  A big piece of this conversation is understanding your emissions boundary and what part of your carbon footprint falls into scope 1, 2 and 3. We aim to be as comprehensive as possible in measuring emissions deemed relevant to delivering the products and services of our customers.

We make disclosing information about your emissions boundary and scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions easy through our Scope Breakdown Report. Our report shows your total carbon emissions in each scope and the key drivers within each category (see example report below.)

Trace Scope Breakdown Report - Example

Our carbon assessment covers:

Scope 1: direct emissions 

  • We look at any fuel consumed by the facilities in which you operate or vehicles your organisation owns (many of our service-based customers have no scope 1 emissions)

Scope 2: indirect emissions 

  • Electricity usage at operating locations (energy bills or our benchmark based on m2 of occupied space)
  • Electricity usage from employees working-from-home

Scope 3: supply chain emissions 

  • Travel - includes employee commuting and all business related travel (air, public transport, taxi/rideshare, accommodation)
  • Supplier spend on purchased goods and services 
  • Waste from operations
  • Freight, Customer Deliveries, Materials & Manufacturing + Packaging (applicable only to product companies)

The Trace emissions engine leverages best practice carbon accounting methodologies, including from the UK Government, Australian Government’s Climate Active programme, NABERS and the global GHG Protocol. Emissions factors and benchmark data come from auditable sources. 

If you’d like to learn more about your organisation’s scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, reach out to our team today!