Five FACTS ABOUT scope 1, 2 & 3 carbon emissions

Five Facts You Should Know About Scope 1, 2 & 3 Emissions


Scope 1 & 2 Emissions are largely within an organisation’s control. 

Most organisations will have easy access to the source data needed to convert their gas and electricity usage into a value in tonnes of GHGs. You can obtain this information from your utility bills, off your suppliers online account management portal or we can obtain it on your behalf direct from your energy providers. 


In most cases, the opportunity exist to quickly achieve net-zero for Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

As an example, most organisations can source renewable electricity, renewable gas, or electrify its heat demand, or transition to electric vehicles. 


Scope 3 makes up the majority of emissions for most organisations. 

For many organisations, Scope 3 emissions account for between 60 – 90 percent of their carbon footprint. For example, for an organisation that manufactures products, there will often be significant carbon emissions from the extraction, manufacture and processing of the raw materials.


Organisations have less ability to influence Scope 3 emissions.

Collaborate with your current suppliers to develop solutions to reduce emission, or consider changes to your supply chain. However, some suppliers will have significant influence on when and how emissions are reduced through their own purchasing decisions, and product design. 


If you want to reach net-zero you need to tackle Scope 3 emissions

Defining and agreeing on what constitutes net zero ambition can be tricky – but businesses looking to adopt Positive Planet best practice must commit to tackling Scope 3 emissions as part of their strategy. Mapping your emissions footprint by scale, and how much control you have over the source will be a good way to start addressing them. Prioritise your emission hotspots tackling the easiest and biggest opportunities first.