Global Compact Network Germany publishes new guidelines for data collection & calculation of greenhouse gas emissions

'Practical guidelines for data collection and calculation of greenhouse gas emissions from up- and downstream transportation and distribution', 27 February 2019

A growing number of companies are accounting for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions originating from outside their organizational boundaries within the value chain. To actively reduce these emissions, companies must initially collect data, calculate emissions, and identify emission hotspots. The GHG Protocol of the World Resources Institute identifies 15 categories of so-called scope 3 emissions from upstream and downstream activities. For many companies, GHG emissions from upstream and downstream transportation and distribution, which fall within scope categories 3.4 and 3.9, constitute a major source of corporate emissions.

The Peer Learning Group Climate, which was launched in 2015 by the Global Compact Network Germany (DGCN), consists of 8-12 companies from chemical/pharmaceutical, energy, retail, service, transportation and technology industries. In 2018, the group intensively discussed the challenges of data collection and calculation of Scope 3.4/3.9 emissions. In webinars and face-to-face meetings, experts from large German companies exchange experiences relating to corporate climate management and collaborate on developing concrete solutions.

This publication summarizes the core findings of the discussion and proposes solutions to common challenges. It focuses particularly on the choice of appropriate calculation methods and emission factors as well as the practical application of common methods. [...]

[also refers to BMW, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom, Givaudan, LANXESS, Nestlé, Austrian Post, Swisscom, Symrise, ThyssenKrupp, Basel Kantonalbank, Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, INDUS Holding]

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Related companies: Austrian Post Basel Kantonalbank BMW Coca-Cola Deutsche Bahn Deutsche Telekom Givaudan INDUS Holding LANXESS Nestlé Swisscom Symrise ThyssenKrupp