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Understanding Scope 3 Emissions and Strategies for Reduction

When we talk about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it's not just about what's generated directly from our own operations or activities (Scope 1) or the energy we purchase (Scope 2). There's a third, less visible category known as Scope 3 emissions, which encompasses indirect emissions along the entire value chain of an organisation. In this article, we'll explore what Scope 3 emissions are and look at some strategies to reduce them.

What Are Scope 3 Emissions?

Scope 3 emissions, as defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, are indirect emissions associated with a company's activities, but occur from sources not owned or controlled by that company. Scope 3 emissions are often the largest and most challenging emissions category to address but also offer significant opportunities for reduction.

Common examples of Scope 3 Emissions:

Refer to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (linked above) for more details on the 15 categories of scope 3 emissions.

Strategies to Reduce Scope 3 Emissions

Reducing Scope 3 emissions is a complex but crucial part of any comprehensive climate action plan. By understanding and addressing these indirect emissions across your value chain, your organisation can make a significant contribution to mitigating climate change. Collaborative efforts, innovation, and a commitment to sustainability can pave the way for meaningful reductions in Scope 3 emissions and a more sustainable future. Reach out to the Trace team for more information on how we can help you with your scope 3 emissions reduction journey.

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