Scope 1 emissions
Scope 1 emissions refer to direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that occur from sources owned or controlled by an organization. These emissions are produced from activities or processes that are within the organization's operational boundaries. Scope 1 emissions are considered the most direct and controllable emissions for an organization as they are generated from sources that they own or directly control.
Measuring and reporting scope 1 emissions is an important step in understanding an organization's environmental impact and identifying opportunities for emissions reduction.
Organizations can reduce their scope 1 emissions by adopting cleaner and more energy-efficient technologies, transitioning to renewable energy sources, improving operational practices, and implementing measures to minimize leaks and emissions from on-site processes.
What are sources of scope 1 emissions
Scope 1 emissions can be categorized based on the sources that generate them. Here are some common types of scope 1 emissions:
These emissions result from the burning of fossil fuels within an organization's operational boundaries. This includes emissions from the combustion of fuels like natural gas, diesel, gasoline, and coal. For example, emissions from on-site heating systems, boilers, power generators, and company-owned vehicles.
These emissions result from chemical reactions or industrial processes within an organization's operations. This includes emissions from manufacturing processes, such as the release of CO2 during cement production or the release of gases in chemical reactions. Process emissions can vary depending on the industry and specific production processes involved.
These emissions refer to unintentional or accidental releases of greenhouse gases (GHG) during the extraction, processing, or handling of materials. This can include leaks from pipelines, storage tanks, or refrigeration systems owned or controlled by the reporting company.
These are emissions that come from biological sources. These emissions primarily include methane emissions from livestock, such as cows and sheep, as well as emissions from agricultural activities like rice cultivation and manure management.