June 18, 2024

Unlock Actionable Insights in Your Scope 3 Emissions Data

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Vital Environmental Insights Will Lead the Way to a Sustainable Future

As the world grapples with the immediacy and impact of climate change, there’s a rising tide of demand for transparent, actionable estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  

In the land sector, this means tracking and managing Scope 3 emissions. 

Scope 3 emissions are incurred along a company’s supply chain—especially associated with the production of commodities that fuel your business. These indirect emissions can account for more than 70 percent of your total GHG footprint. By measuring and reporting your emissions, you gain valuable insights for target setting, climate disclosure, and mitigation. 

This knowledge is vital to managing your supply chain’s GHG liability and risks.

Understanding Scope 3 Emissions in the Land Sector

Almost a quarter of global GHG emissions comes from the forest, land, and agriculture (FLAG) sector. The GHG Protocol, developed to calculate FLAG emissions, serves as the foundation for myriad initiatives and is intricately connected to the new Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi-FLAG)—the guidance used for setting targets and tracking progress.

For any company with FLAG exposure, it’s important to measure and understand land-sector emissions in accordance with the GHG Protocol. 

This can be difficult due to the complexity of its emission-source categories: 

  • Land-use change refers to emissions that result from converting land from one use to another. Deforestation (conversion from forest to cropland) is a form of this category that results in significant carbon-stock losses. 
  • Land management refers to emissions from practices on managed land without change of use. Examples include livestock management and fertilizer use, both of which can contribute substantial emissions.

To assess emissions attributed to a particular agricultural commodity, it’s essential to first calculate its emission factor, which quantifies the amount of emissions released per unit of commodity produced. Total emissions can then be obtained by multiplying the emission factor with the sourced quantity, resulting in a clear picture of the liabilities and risks associated with the lands you manage. 

Making Important Decisions Using Your Unique Data 

Addressing Scope 3 emissions requires a detailed understanding of the unique emission factors behind every commodity—factors which vary widely based on production practices, location, and transportation methods. 

What are the liabilities and risks in my portfolio and supply chain? 

In just minutes, FLINTpro assesses emissions factors for any agricultural commodity. The assessment focuses on deforestation, quantifying the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted per unit of commodity produced or purchased in an area of interest due to land-use change.

How do I define my baseline, so I can confidently set reduction targets? 

Commodity-emission factors are used to calculate your current baseline emission levels, so you can make decisions based on a clear understanding of the emission drivers in your supply chain. This facilitates effective emission-reduction strategies and targets aligned with SBTi and other leading initiatives.

How do I know if I’m in compliance with current standards? 

Meeting accounting standards and disclosure requirements can be complex and overwhelming. FLINTpro generates comprehensive analytics for your agricultural commodity and area of interest aligned with GHG Protocol and SBTi FLAG requirements. Our scientifically rigorous methods are well-documented, and will provide you with the insights you need to make confident sustainability decisions.

How do I set my company up for success in the future—and track impact?

FLINTpro provides personalized, actionable insights related to your supply chain, identifying high-risk areas to help you prioritize mitigation actions that will make a significant impact today and tomorrow. The emissions evaluation can also act as a benchmark for tracking impact over time; through regular assessments, you can monitor progress, identify trends, and assess the effectiveness of your strategies toward climate commitments.

“FLINTpro helped us prioritize projects and identify the data we needed to improve over time. This helps us present high-integrity, bankable, nature-based solutions projects to the market. Now we can easily monitor updates, forest changes, and test solutions against future projects. Our data is also more organized, which makes it simple to access variables like forest-cover thresholds, disturbances, and planting regimes.”

    —Bryan Adkins, CEO. Eden: People + Planet

FLINTpro: Revolutionizing Emissions Tracking

Calculating Scope 3 emissions in the land sector faces many challenges, including commodity and geography coverage, limited traceability and data granularity, and alignment with evolving reporting requirements. At FLINTpro, our scientific methodology and technology—created by a team of globally recognized experts in climate science—are built for a complete land-sector analysis that aligns with the GHG Protocol, SBTi-FLAG, and other key frameworks. 

We’re here to support you throughout your journey to reduce emissions toward net zero with transparent and actionable land-sector emission insights.

Our solution adapts to your supply chain and portfolio traceability—from land parcels to administrative regions, with coverage of 42 agricultural commodities around the world. Our historical and projected emission insights empower you with a comprehensive understanding to inform the way you set targets, report progress, and monitor your ongoing emissions commitments. 

Ready to transform your approach to Scope 3 emissions? 

FLINTpro ensures you’re an integral part of the solution—contact us today.