The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol has launched new guidance for organisations to measure emissions from purchased electricity, which typically forms the majority of a company’s Scope 2 emissions.

This is the first major update to the GHG Protocol’s Corporate Standard, one of the world’s most widely used standards for organisational carbon footprinting. The new Scope 2 Guidance provides a consistent, transparent way for companies to show how different types of electricity purchases count toward their emissions targets, and will inform corporate decisions on what kind of energy should power their business…

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“Currently, companies consume half of all electricity produced so any solution for reducing global emissions has to address the electricity sector,” said Mary Sotos, Associate at the World Resources Institute and lead author. “This guidance will let companies know exactly how their energy choices count toward their emissions goals. By providing rigorous reporting methods, the Guidance gives a clear incentive for companies to demand low-carbon electricity.” To watch Mary explain the key points of the new guidance, click here.

Four years in the making, the Scope 2 Guidance was developed in consultation with over 200 representatives from companies, electric utilities, government agencies, academics, industry associations and civil society groups in 23 countries.  

Dr Stephen Allen, Director of Circular Ecology, said: “The GHG Protocol is known for providing clear, well-presented guidance based on extensive and global consultation, making it one of the most reputable standards for organisational carbon footprinting. We look forward to applying the new GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance as we help organisations measure and reduce their GHG emissions.”

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