Since the introduction of the GHG Protocol’s new guidance on Scope 2 emissions in 2015, companies have had the opportunity to report the emissions associated with their electricity consumption in a way that more accurately reflects their purchasing choices; the market-based approach.
This means electricity obtained from a low-carbon supplier can now be reflected in your Scope 2 reporting. However, there has been a lot of confusion on how to calculate and report market-based emissions, particularly when it comes to purchased renewable electricity.
In this guide, we explain how best to report Scope 2 market-based emissions as defined within the GHG protocol. We explain the market-based methodology, the role of energy attribute certificates and what to do if you are using green tariffs. We also give you some examples and outline the potential benefits of the market-based approach, and the ease in which it can be incorporated into your current reporting frameworks.
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