What is a carbon footprint?
It is an environmental indicator that measures the total amount of greenhouses gases (GHG) produced by aspecific activity. Using an equivalencies calculator, it measures CO emissions and the impact they have in CO. It also includes other GHGs: carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NO) and non-methane(CH) volatile organic compounds (NMVOC).
What is it used for?
The most common measurement used is tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, or tCO. It estimates theimpact activities have on atmospheric air, even if they do not necessarily release this molecule into the atmosphere. The joint goal of our industry — in line with the 2030 Plan and a decarbonized and circulareconomy — is to reduce CO emissions and, therefore, reduce the world’s carbon footprint.
Since 2009, we have been auditing our total greenhouse gas emissions (calculating their equivalency intCO) with different GHG-measuring indicators (depending on the activity to measure): Scope 1 and 2for our direct activities and Scope 3 for activities derived from our value chain:
- Scope 1. Direct emissions: emissions from sources controlled by the company. They proceed fromfuel combustion from stationary equipment, diffuse emissions such as biogas emissions from alandfill, and fugitive emissions (refrigerants).
- Scope 2. Indirect emissions: emissions resulting from the consumption of electricity purchased fromother companies which produce or control it. Every year we increase our 100% renewable energysources to reduce these numbers.
- Scope 3. Value chain: emissions derived from transportation and distribution or sales processes. We calculate them following the Corporate Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Standard, publishedby GHG Protocol.
The sum of Scope 1&2&3 is equal to the company’s total carbon footprint.