A 3-scope emissions solution
In September, Bullfrog Power launched the availability of green fuel for businesses across Canada. Bullfrog Power’s green fuel is an earth-friendly, renewable alternative to liquid fossil fuel, allowing climate-conscious businesses in Canada to reduce the environmental impact of their transportation. By combining Bullfrog Power’s green natural gas, green electricity and green fuel products, businesses are now able to address their scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions with a comprehensive green energy solution.
For companies disclosing their emissions footprint and steps they are taking to mitigate those emissions under the Carbon Disclosure Project or their own internal measures, emissions are generally split into three distinct areas or scopes.
The three emissions scopes are defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol), which describes itself as “the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions.”
The GHG Protocol, the result of a now decade-long partnership between the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), works with businesses, governments, and environmental groups around the world to build a new generation of credible and effective programs for tackling climate change.
In brief, scope 1 emissions are those directly created on site by the combustion of fossil fuels, such as a natural gas furnace, or through owned vehicles, such as a car. Scope 2 emissions are indirectly created on your behalf as with natural gas or coal burned to generate the electricity used. Scope 3 emissions are other indirect emissions – think rental cars, flights, or delivery vehicles used by a logistics firm to get your product to market.
At Bullfrog Power, we previously had solutions to address scope 1 (green natural gas) and scope 2 (green electricity) emissions. With green fuel we are now able to offer a comprehensive “3-scope solution” for a business’s emissions profile. For businesses that use fleets of company cars for their sales team, delivery vehicles, tractor trailers, business flights, and other forms of travel – scope 3 emissions end up forming a huge portion of their total emissions and pollution impact.
Business travel and transportation-related emissions matter. A large majority of Canadians think that it is important for businesses to take action to reduce their transportation-related emissions, according to the 2016 Sustainable Business Attitudes Survey, which was commissioned by Bullfrog Power and performed by Environics Research from August 8 to 21, 2016, reaching 2,000 adult Canadians.
The survey reports that 56 per cent said it was “very important” and 34 per cent said “somewhat important” that businesses using vehicles, such as company cars, delivery trucks or long-distance tractor trailers, make efforts to reduce emissions from those sources.
The survey also found that 82 per cent of Canadians felt that the use of environmentally-friendly transportation, such as electric or hybrid vehicles or using green fuels like biodiesel, would be important in their decision to recommend a business.