Sustainability Questions
Reporting & Legislation
Solutions & Tips
FutureTracker News
All posts

What are Scope 1 Emissions?

A clear understanding of Scope 1 emissions is a foundational pillar for businesses aiming for genuine sustainability.
TL;DR Embed
TL;DR: Scope 1 emissions come directly from sources a company owns or controls, such as vehicles or machinery using fossil fuels. They can be categorised into mobile combustion, stationary combustion, fugitive emissions, and process emissions. Understanding and addressing these emissions is crucial for companies aiming for genuine sustainability. Strategies for reduction include transitioning to renewable energy, optimising processes, and electrifying fleets.

Scope 1 emissions are a key consideration for companies aiming to be environmentally responsible and sustainable. These emissions comprise of greenhouse gases released directly from sources that a company owns or controls, and are divided across the categories of mobile combustion, stationary combustion, fugitive emissions, and process emissions.

Mobile Combustion: Emissions produced from company-owned vehicles or any mobile equipment running on fossil fuels. It encompasses cars, trucks, forklifts, and even airplanes, if they belong to the company.
Stationary Combustion: Emissions from sources fixed in one place, like boilers, furnaces, or generators. They typically arise from burning fuels for heat, power, or steam generation within company premises.
Fugitive Emissions: Unintentional emissions, often resulting from the production, processing, storage, transmission, and distribution of fossil fuels. It can include leaks from equipment or facilities including air conditioning units.
Process Emissions: Originating from manufacturing processes, these emissions are not from fuel combustion but are released directly from chemical reactions or from the release of stored gases.

Depending on a business’ sector and individual operations, they may have Scope 1 emissions in various categories, or potentially none at all.

For an office-based company, Scope 1 emissions might come from its office space and company-owned vehicles. Emissions could be generated from heating and cooling systems, on-site power generation (if present), and the fuel used in the company's cars. A manufacturing plant, on the other hand, is likely to have more significant Scope 1 emissions. These emissions may arise from operating heavy machinery, on-site power generation, heating systems, and a large fleet of vehicles for transporting goods. To reduce Scope 1 emissions, such a plant could focus on optimising its industrial processes, transitioning to renewable energy, and adopting energy-efficient machinery.

Why Scope 1 Emissions Matter

To reduce their environmental impact, companies must prioritise assessing and addressing Scope 1 emissions. Unlike Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions, which may lie beyond their direct control, Scope 1 emissions are fully manageable by the company itself. This presents businesses with a valuable opportunity to lower their own carbon footprint from within.

By focusing on Scope 1 emissions, companies can demonstrate their dedication to sustainability, boost operational efficiency, and play an active role in the global fight against climate change. Addressing these emissions allows businesses to take charge of their environmental responsibilities and make a positive impact on the planet.

Strategies for Reducing Scope 1 Emissions

Transition to Renewable Energy

One of the most effective ways to reduce Scope 1 emissions is by transitioning to renewable energy sources. Installing solar panels, wind turbines, or utilising geothermal systems can significantly reduce reliance on fossil fuels for power generation and heating.

Energy Efficiency Measures

Putting energy-saving practices in place throughout a company's buildings and operations can greatly reduce Scope 1 emissions. Actions like upgrading equipment, routinely performing maintenance on HVAC systems, and improving insulation can help save energy and decrease emissions.

Fleet Electrification

For companies that manage a fleet of vehicles, transitioning to electric or hybrid alternatives can have a significant impact on reducing Scope 1 emissions. By replacing traditional gasoline or diesel vehicles with electric or hybrid options, they can effectively minimise or eliminate harmful emissions generated during transportation.

Process Optimisation

Companies can take a close look at their industrial processes and find ways to make them better and reduce emissions. They might use more efficient technologies, improve the production process, or use resources in a smarter way to produce fewer harmful gases.

Measuring and Monitoring

To effectively manage Scope 1 emissions, companies should establish robust measurement and monitoring systems. This involves regularly tracking and reporting emissions, setting reduction targets, and implementing strategies to meet those targets. With FutureTracker’s support around measurement, reporting, and transparency, businesses can confidently navigate the complexities of Scope 1 emissions management.

Managing and reducing emissions, especially Scope 1, requires not only commitment but also the right tools. FutureTracker is the perfect tool to help your business measure, manage, and reduce its emissions across all scopes. Its intuitive, user-friendly design ensures ease of use, while its powerful features provide comprehensive insights. Fully-guided and tailored for today's businesses, FutureTracker stands as a beacon, lighting the way towards a sustainable corporate future where emissions are not just understood, but actively managed and reduced.

If you would like to learn more about how FutureTracker can help you on your sustainability journey, please book a no-strings-attached consultation with us where we can find the best solution for your business.

Increase your ESG-IQ!
Get the latest releases and tips, interesting articles, and sustainability news delivered straight to your inbox.
By subscribing, you agree to receive communications from FutureTracker by email
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
More climate insights
View all
More solutions and tips
View all
More reporting and legislation
View all
More news
View all
More FutureTracker news
View all
More client news
View all
More questions answered
View all
Recent articles
View all

Let's get started.