In the race to reach net zero emissions, it is important for companies to accurately measure and track all of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including those in Scope 3 category 6 and 7 covering business and commuting travel. Failing to accurately measure and reduce these emissions can greatly hinder a company’s progress towards achieving net zero, especially those in the service sector.
One of the challenges in calculating travel emissions is the reliance on self-reported data from employees. Surveys and questionnaires can be costly, time-consuming and may not always yield accurate or complete information. Additionally, there may be a lack of standardisation in reporting methods, making it difficult to compare data across different companies or industries.
To increase accuracy, companies should consider implementing third-party verification or auditing processes for example by investing in technology solutions such as mobile apps that automatically gather travel data.
Moreover, companies should also be aware that the lack of accurate data can lead to under-estimation of the real emissions, this is a common issue and the fact that companies are not aware of the real picture can lead to lack of action and misaligned goals and strategies.
In conclusion, accurately measuring and reducing business travel and commuting emissions is crucial in the race to net zero. By overcoming the challenges of self-reported data and investing in verification and technology solutions, companies can ensure that they are fully accounting for all of their GHG emissions and taking the necessary steps to reduce them.
Chief Revenue Officer - Iomob