Scope 3 GHG Accounting for Upstream Clean Electricity Use

Scope 3 GHG Accounting for Upstream Clean Electricity Use
  • Author(s): CRS Staff
  • Date: August 11th, 2023 | Report | 19 Pages

  • In recent years, companies have begun working to reduce electricity-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their upstream supply chains and support supply chain practices that advance clean energy worldwide. However, companies implementing these actions struggle to reflect the carbon free attributes of supplier clean electricity use in their scope 3 footprints.

    This Clean Energy Accounting Project (CEAP) Scope 3 GHG Accounting for Upstream Clean Electricity Use background report describes challenges with current accounting approaches for scope 3 for companies seeking to understand and address emissions arising from electricity use in their upstream supply chains. It outlines recent proposals for refinements and identifies areas where additional guidance is needed to better reflect emissions associated with upstream energy use. Its objective is to facilitate open discussion and inform the development of best practice guidance for measuring emissions associated with clean electricity use in the upstream supply chain. Material in this report is intended for standard developers and their stakeholders working to improve value chain emissions accounting. Companies developing Supplier Clean Electricity Programs may also benefit from understanding current emissions accounting options for upstream electricity use and associated challenges.

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