1.1. Introduction to Carbon Measurement
To kickstart your climate action journey, we can highly recommend joining Leaders for Climate Action (LFCA): global, entrepreneurial community with the aim to turn business leaders into climate leaders, helping to transform their organization - All members aim to make their companies more climate-friendly and reduce their carbon emissions (we at btov are also part of this community). With the help of LFCA's climate action platform, companies can begin the emission management process: starting with measuring their footprint & identifying their biggest source of emission, then continuously reducing and compensating for the rest.
Different types of emissions
Scope 1 emissions: direct emissions from the company’s own operations, i.e., emissions from sources that companies own or control.
Scope 2 emissions: emissions required to generate the electricity that the company uses. Refers to emissions from the generation of electricity, heat, or streams purchased by a company.
Scope 3 emissions: Emissions generated in the production and consumption of the company's products throughout the value chain from upstream suppliers to downstream customers. It refers to emissions from sources not owned or directly controlled by a company but related to company activities as a result scope 3 emissions are the most difficult to measure. Scope 3 emissions can be subdivided into 1.) upstream emissions: emissions arising from production and processing operations and 2.) downstream emissions: emissions occurring from transporting and distribution of sold products in vehicles and facilities (e.g., warehouse) not owned or controlled by the reporting company.
1.2 Best Practices & Recommended Tools
- 3rd party provider for Carbon Accounting
How to measure the carbon footprint of work from home? - Plan A Academy
The carbon footprint of work from home is complex than it seems. Remote work shifts carbon from offices to employees' homes. This calculator helps companies measure and reduce workplace carbon footprint and figure out if work from home is more sustainable.