#GreenUnited: Collaborative Sustainability through Scope 3
We have previously explained about our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. It is now time to put the spotlight on the important Scope 3, that requires teamwork like no other. As businesses strive to reduce their environmental impact, focusing on Scope 3 emissions becomes crucial for achieving our common goals.
Urgent need for a united front
In the face of the escalating climate crisis, the need for collective action has never been more urgent. The year 2015 witnessed a historic global commitment with the Paris Agreement, setting ambitious targets to limit global warming. However, the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report highlighted the necessity for even more aggressive efforts to avoid catastrophic consequences. We need all industries to come together for a Green United. Central to this collective effort is Scope 3.
Understanding Scope 3
While Scope 1 emissions refers to direct emissions from owned and controlled sources and Scope 2 emissions refers to indirect emissions from purchased energy, Scope 3 emissions gets a bit more tricky as it refers to something much broader. Scope 3 refers to the indirect greenhouse gas emissions that occur because of our activities, but which are not directly owned or controlled by us. As such, Scope 3 takes the entire supply chain and product life cycle into account. This makes us dependent on our customers, suppliers, and partners to reach our newly set goal for the Science Based Targets initiative. Here, we have made a commitment to reduce our absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services with 25.0% from the 2021 base year. To complicate things a bit more, Scope 3 is further divided into upstream and downstream activities.
Upstream vs Downstream
Envases’ upstream activities refer to the stages of the supply chain that occur before our operational boundaries. This includes the extraction, production, and transportation of raw materials and components that are used in our production.
Downstream activities, on the other hand, refers to the stages that occur after our operational boundaries. This involves the distribution, retail, consumer usage, and disposal of the final products.
So what can we do?
The majority of our environmental impact lies within our Scope 3 emissions. In fact, no less than (93.5%) comes from our Scope 3 emissions. As the global community grapples with the consequences of extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and biodiversity loss, acknowledging the significance of Scope 3 is crucial. It is not merely a responsibility but a shared obligation to implement sustainable practices, reduce emissions, and invest in clean technologies.To be able to approach Scope 3 emissions and work together with our customers and partners, we recently hired an LCA specialist, and have already begun the calculations on our products. We are thrilled to finally be able to offer this service, so that we can evaluate how we can reduce our environmental footprint together with our entire value chain. By addressing these indirect emissions, we are able to significantly contribute to the global effort to combat climate change. Contact us today to set up a meeting to go through your LCA.