Other Indirect Emissions for A School

By Greenfield In Carbon Glossary

Scope 3 indirect emissions for a school encompass all other indirect greenhouse gas emissions that occur as a result of the school’s activities, but which are not included in Scope 2 (indirect emissions from purchased electricity, steam, heating, and cooling). These emissions are generally more challenging to quantify and manage compared to Scope 1 (direct emissions) and Scope 2.

Here are some examples of Scope 3 indirect emissions for a school:

  1. Transportation: Emissions from student, staff, and visitor commuting to and from school using personal vehicles or public transportation.

  2. Business Travel: Emissions from staff business travel, including air travel, rental cars, and other modes of transportation for conferences, meetings, or professional development.

  3. Upstream and Downstream Supply Chain: Emissions associated with goods and services purchased by the school, including food procurement, school supplies, construction materials, and equipment.

  4. Waste: Emissions associated with waste disposal and recycling processes, including emissions from landfilling or incineration of waste generated by the school.

  5. Water and Sewage: Emissions associated with water use and sewage treatment processes.

Scope 3 emissions are often considered less directly under the control of the school compared to Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. However, schools can still take steps to reduce their Scope 3 emissions through initiatives such as promoting sustainable transportation options, reducing waste generation, and working with suppliers to source more sustainable products and services.

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