How SmartWaste can help businesses achieve scope 3 emissions reporting

How SmartWaste can help businesses achieve scope 3 emissions reporting

To tackle the climate emergency and reduce carbon emissions, businesses must understand the impact of their activities. Scope 3 is about reporting those impacts.

Scope 3: What is it?

To tackle the climate emergency organisations need to understand the impact their activities are having. With this knowledge they can design and implement solutions to reduce their footprint.

The GHG protocol has established global standardised frameworks to measure emissions and manage mitigation actions.

The GHG protocol defines three scopes of emissions: 1, 2 and 3. The different scopes relate to whether the emissions are directly or indirectly attributable, the type of indirect emission and whether they are generated in the value chain of the reporting organisations, shown in the diagram below.

Scope 1 (direct GHG emissions from company-owned and controlled resources) and scope 2 (indirect GHG emissions from the generation of purchased or acquired energy) have been relatively straightforward for most organisations to report on.

Scope 3 represents a significantly more complicated reporting challenge (represented in greenhouse gas protocol’s diagram below). It is estimated that 70% or more of an organisation’s GHG emissions are scope 3. Although this represents the largest source of a company’s emissions it also offers the greatest opportunity to make reductions and achieve corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) and net zero carbon objectives.

How can SmartWaste help achieve scope 3?

Organisations operating in the built environment are accelerating efforts to establish their baseline carbon footprint and, by openly publishing climate change targets, demonstrating their commitment to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Reporting on scope 1 and 2 is a mandatory requirement, but the pressure to report on and influence scope 3 is growing especially in the drive towards net zero. Forward thinking business are recognising that this will rapidly become a key differentiator for stakeholders: investors, customers, regulators and custodians of public interest.

SmartWaste is BRE’s environmental and sustainability monitoring and management solution that helps construction, refurbishment and demolition companies deliver upstream scope 3 reporting. Our solution can capture cradle-to-gate project data covering fuel and energy related activities, water consumption, upstream transportation and distribution, waste generated in operations, and employee commuting.

SmartWaste delivers the following scope 3 functionality:

The diagram below shows what scope 3 functionality and benefits are delivered by SmartWaste.


What Scope 3 benefits does SmartWaste deliver?

Delivering on scope 3 emissions reporting using SmartWaste can help a customer realise several benefits:



Increase sales and encourage customer loyalty

Evidence low emission construction practices, efficient use of materials, energy and water, and waste recycling/repurposing to meet the increasing customer demand for climate efficient services and buildings.



Lower costs

Using SmartWaste to help reduce GHG emissions is likely to result in greater operational efficiency and cost savings (e.g. a reduction in energy consumption).




Enhance their reputation, brand and stakeholder relationships

Demonstrate environmental and sustainability improvements and actual performance against scope 3 emission targets.
Recognise which value chain suppliers contribute towards climate actions and objectives.
Understand and manage potential climate change risks: in biodiversity, energy, materials, waste and water.




Drive innovation

Understanding your GHG baseline and setting ambitious climate action targets based upon SmartWaste insight and tools can help incentivise supply chain management and product design innovation.

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