SCALA focuses on Scope 3 emissions ‘blind spot’

International supply chain and logistics consultancy SCALA has expanded its service offering to allow businesses to track their entire carbon footprint for the first time.

The service, made possible through a partnership with Compare your Footprint, allows businesses to completely measure and benchmark their emissions profile across their entire supply chain network, including Scope 3 emissions – referring to indirect emissions generated by the business through sources it does not own or control.

Often overlooked due the complexity of measuring the overall volume, Scope 3 emissions can contribute up to 90% of all carbon emissions from an organisation. This means not including them potentially leaves a huge blind spot at the centre of any sustainability assessment.

The tool can be specifically tailored to enable the more complex problems of evaluating supply chain emissions, such as Scope 3 emissions, to be accounted for. SCALA research conducted in 2020 revealed that despite Scope 3 emissions often being more significant than Scope 1 or 2, many businesses currently do not take these into account, meaning they are unlikely to have an accurate measure of their carbon footprint.

Following an extensive testing process, the service will be available to SCALA’s client portfolio from later this month. The service will be led by SCALA executive director Rob Wright, who specialises in environmental improvements and has won awards for creating initiatives which drive practical improvements in transport strategy and vehicle operations.

This latest investment forms part of SCALA’s pledge to ensure that every project undertaken by the business from 1 January 2021 onwards contains an environmental impact assessment. The business has also pledged to achieve full carbon neutrality by the end of 2021 and is currently in the process of becoming a Certified B Corporation, signifying that SCALA meets the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.

Commenting on the partnership John Perry, managing director of SCALA, said: “While improving their carbon footprint often sits highly on the agenda for businesses, we found that relatively few well-meaning businesses actually have the information they need to be able to drive the sustainable improvements they – and our planet – needs.

“Indirect emissions across supply chains are all-too-rarely measured for, despite their significant impact on an organisation’s carbon footprint, due to a perception that they are too difficult or too far removed from day-to-day operations to be measured. We are thrilled to have been able to expand the services we offer to provide our customers with the data they need to meet their environmental ambitions, creating a greener, brighter future for all.”

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