Are you effectively tracking your emissions data?

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Nishadi Davis
Head of Carbon Advisory Americas

What are Scope 1 emissions?

Direct greenhouse (GHG) emissions that occur from sources that are controlled or owned by an organisation (e.g., emissions associated with fuel combustion in boilers, furnaces, vehicles, etc.)

What are Scope 2 emissions?

Indirect GHG emissions associated with the purchase of electricity, steam, heat or cooling. Although scope 2 emissions physically occur at the facility where they are generated, they are accounted for in an organisation’s GHG inventory because they are a result of the organisation’s energy use.

What are Scope 3 emissions?

GHG emissions resulting from activities of assets not owned or controlled by the reporting organisation, but that the organisation indirectly affects in its value chain. Scope 3 emissions for one organisation include the scope 1 and 2 emissions of the organisations that are upstream or downstream in their value chain. Also referred to as value chain emissions, scope 3 emissions often represent the majority of an organisation’s total GHG emissions.

Are you effectively tracking your emissions data? As we await the US Court of Appeal’s decision on the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new climate disclosure rule, now is the time to ask.

When the US’s top financial regulator introduced a new climate rule on 6th March 2024 requiring companies to report their greenhouse gases and climate-related risks, it was two years in the making. This rule, prompted by a growing demand from investors and environmental groups, called for more consistent, comparable and reliable reporting of a company’s carbon footprint.

While the rule is currently on pause, companies should prepare to comply, especially considering similar legislation, like the one imposed by the European Union. While Scope 3 isn’t a factor in the SEC climate rule, reporting requirements for Scope 1, direct emissions, and Scope 2, indirect emissions from operations, are.

Understanding what the rule means to your company is crucial, as it won’t be a one-size-fits-all approach. Ultimately, you can’t manage what you don’t measure. To prepare for this rule, companies must:

  • Fully scope and set their emissions baseline and develop a roadmap that aligns with corporate goals, asset portfolios, and of course, regulations
  • Define a plan to implement and integrate solutions that will capture data while monitoring and reducing emissions in real-time
  • Be inclusive of the supply chain to understand the carbon emissions across the entire product and facility lifecycle

Not sure where to start?

With a team of experts in carbon advisory and leading technologies for real-time emissions monitoring, like ENVision, our consultants can work with you to set your goals, quantify your emissions and ensure scalable and cost-effective solutions. Learn more about our carbon advisory services .

In or traveling to New York? Nishadi Davis will be speaking at the New York Energy Capital Assembly on Thursday 6th June on the Carbon Accounting & Carbon Markets Spotlight panel.