In recent years, collecting emissions data at all tiers has evolved at a rapid pace within corporate sustainability. At both event and organizational levels, we continue to witness a dramatic acceleration in the assessment and reporting of sources that fall under the category of Scope 3 emissions.
What are Scope 3 emissions?
These refer to the “indirect” greenhouse gas impacts of a company’s supply chain. They encompass the areas beyond an organization’s direct control such as business travel, employee transportation, and material manufacturing and disposal. Because of the complex, interconnected, and nuanced reach of Scope 3 emissions, they have historically fallen into a reporting “gray area” within emissions responsibility. Given their extensive breadth across an enterprise, Scope 3 emissions often comprise the vast majority of a company’s carbon footprint!
Presently, under the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s current Corporate Standard, Scope 3 reporting is voluntary, but all signs indicate this domain will be one of the most significant categories at the forefront of climate action, decarbonization strategies, and corporate disclosure. Event emissions, by their very nature, nearly always reside in the realm in Scope 3. As a third-party consultant, with extensive conference footprint assessment experience, our team at MeetGreen can help to benchmark your event’s emissions impact as well as supporting specialized investigation of your Scope 3 emission sources that might operate outside the traditional purview of your sustainability team.