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Understanding greenhouse emissions is more than just environmental stewardship; it's often essential for business success. The classification into Scopes 1, 2, and 3 helps businesses to categorize their emissions. This article will delve deeper into these emissions categories and the critical role they play in mapping an organization's carbon footprint.

What Are Scopes 1, 2, and 3?

  • Scope 1 Emissions: These are direct emissions from operations owned or controlled by the company, like combustion in boilers, vehicles and generators.


  • Scope 2 Emissions: These are emissions from electricity, heat, or steam purchased and consumed by the company.


  • Scope 3 Emissions: These cover all other indirect emissions that occur in a company's value chain, including suppliers, partners, and customers. This category often represents greatest share of a company's carbon footprint.

Why Are Scope 3 Emissions Crucial?

Scope 3 emissions have taken center stage in discussions about corporate environmental responsibility, and for good reasons. It accounts for the majority share of many companies' carbon footprints, often exceeding 85% of the total emissions. These emissions originate from various stages of an organization's value chain, including both upstream and downstream activities.

Everything from the extraction and manufacturing of raw materials to transportation and distribution, and even the use and disposal of products, contributes to these emissions. It provides a full picture of a company's environmental impact, including activities not just within the company, but also from their suppliers, partners, and consumers.

With now an comprehensive regulatory framework, companies are under pressure to disclose their carbon emissions more transparently. The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) have made it mandatory for certain sectors to report their climate-related disclosures. These regulations underscore the importance of understanding and managing Scope 3 emissions.

Furthermore, consumers and investors are becoming increasingly conscious of a company’s environmental footprint. Companies that actively manage and reduce their Scope 3 emissions not only stand to improve their brand image but also attract sustainable investments. Tracking Scope 3 emissions is not just about compliance. it's a strategic move that can have long-lasting benefits in terms of brand reputation, investor relations, and operational efficiencies.

Challenges in Tracking Emissions:

Navigating the landscape of tracking emissions comes with its own challenges. Companies often meet issues ranging from data accuracy to resource-intensive processes. Below are some of the primary challenges faced by businesses during the process:

  • Data Quality and Complexity: Relying on accurate data from various suppliers and partners in the value chain is challenging. Estimations based on a chain of assumptions can lead to significant discrepancies.

  • Non-standardized Reporting: While there are guidelines for calculating emissions, there's often variance in the methodologies and metrics used by different entities.


  • Resource-Intensive Measurements: Acquiring accurate emission data demands considerable resources, expertise, and coordination across the supply chain.

NIVI: Your Partner in Accurate Emission Tracking

Having the right technology is essential for streamlining the carbon management processes.

NIVI provides a balanced approach to this need. Companies have the capability to gather data from diverse sources throughout their value chain, promoting precise emission measurements. The platform aids in establishing baselines and setting reduction goals, complemented by a user-friendly visual dashboard for data insights. NIVI also encourages collaboration with partners and suppliers, assisting in implementing emission reduction strategies. Adhering to disclosure standards and keeping abreast of industry benchmarks, NIVI offers a reliable hand to businesses aiming for a sustainable future.

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