What are Scope 1, 2, and 3 Emissions?
Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions are classifications of greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere and contribute to the greenhouse effect, which is a major driver of climate change.
Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the company. For example, if a company owns a factory, the emissions from that factory would be Scope 1 emissions.
Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the consumption of energy that is purchased by the company. For example, if a company buys electricity from a power plant, the emissions from the power plant would be Scope 2 emissions.
Scope 3 emissions are indirect emissions that are a result of the company’s activities, but not from sources that are owned or controlled by the company. For example, if employees of a company commute to work, the emissions from their commute would be Scope 3 emissions.
Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions are all important to consider when trying to understand and reduce a company’s greenhouse gas emissions. All three types of emissions need to be addressed in order to make progress on mitigating climate change.
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