What are “Scope 4” emissions?

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Here’s a note from Omar AL-Ajaji:

What are Scope 4 Emissions? Scope 4 emissions are a subset of Scope 3 emissions. They specifically refer to emissions that occur OUTSIDE of a product’s life cycle or value chain, but as a result of the use of that product. For example, if a company sells LED light bulbs, the emissions from the manufacturing and transportation of those light bulbs would be considered Scope 3 emissions. However, if the company also offers a home energy audit service that helps customers identify and reduce their energy usage, the emissions saved as a result of that service would be considered Scope 4 emissions.

Scope 4 emissions are becoming increasingly important as companies look for ways to reduce their overall carbon footprint. By measuring and reporting their Scope 4 emissions, companies can identify opportunities to make a real impact on climate change.

Here are some examples of Scope 4 emissions:

● Emissions from the use of sold products or services, such as the emissions saved by customers who use energy-efficient appliances or who telecommute instead of commuting to work.

● Emissions from waste disposal, such as the emissions from landfilling or incinerating waste.

Scope 4 emissions can be difficult to measure and report, but it is becoming increasingly important for companies to do so.

By understanding their Scope 4 emissions, organizations can identify opportunities to reduce their carbon footprint and make a real impact on climate change. Thanks to Agendi for the wonderful illustration