What is scope 1, 2 and 3?

Measuring and monitoring carbon

Are you looking to reduce emissions and become carbon neutral?

Then a good start is by getting know how to measure and monitor your sources of carbon and begin to think of ways to reduce, recycle and replace.

The widely-used international accounting tool, the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol splits these carbon sources into ‘scopes’ which are categorised here:

Scope 1

Direct energy used in operations – company vehicles, burning fuel directly in heating, cooking, machinery or air con

e.g. kerosene is scope 1 for an airline but scope 3 for a business traveller

Scope 2

This includes indirect emissions from purchased electricity, air con or heating

Scope 3

These can be from 3rd party suppliers, travel for a business, investments, employee’s commute, leased goods/services, disposal of waste

There are ways to reduce or offset emissions. WWF are a founding partner of Gold Standard who build offset programmes, WWF also recently initiated a programme with the Science Based Targets Initiative who concentrate on the reduction part.

Many organisations are choosing a combination of efforts to reduce their overall carbon footprint.

Reach out to our team to discuss how to create a measure and monitor plan, and to learn about offsets and reduction methods; with our 10+ years experience in building offset projects in conjunction with our strategic partners.

Contact: sarah@flygreenalliance.org for an initial conversation.

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