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Explained: What are scope 1 emissions

When doing carbon accounting, it is incredibly important to understand the differences between scope 1, scope 2 and scope 3 emissions. This blog post will help you understand what scope 1 emissions are. You can check out our blog to learn more about scope 2 and scope 3 emissions, as well as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol in general.

What are scope 1 emissions?

Scope 1 emissions are all direct emissions from resources that are either owned or controlled by a company.

There are 4 categories of scope 1 emissions:

- stationary combustion, which are fuels and heating sources;

- mobile combustion, or in other words all company vehicles that burn fuel;

- fugitive emissions, which come from refrigeration and air conditioning units; and

- process emissions that are released during industrial processes and on-site manufacturing.

Most companies report scope 1 emissions because they are easily traceable and measurable. The problem is that for some companies scope 1 emissions represent <1% of total generated emissions (for ex. Apple), and so it may initially seem like the company is not polluting, only to later realize that most of their emissions belong to scope 3 emissions (which is the hardest category to track and quantify).

At Connect Earth we provide in-depth insights into scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions data of companies and products through our simple carbon footprint API solution. Our API solution gives consumers detailed insights about the impact of all their purchases, allowing them to make more sustainable choices.

To learn more about what we do, check out our website.