It's hard to escape the news about climate change, erratic weather patterns, and other natural anomalies that are believed to be the result of ever-increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere. These increasing levels of CO2 are in part a direct result of human activity, specifically, the emission of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil. As the world's largest shipper, we are concerned with the environment and seek to find ways to reduce our own, and our customers', impact on the environment. The first step to controlling that impact is to understand how CO2 is measured.
UPS's emissions measurement services strive to provide industry-leading accuracy and detail. Based upon our actual carbon inventory-that is, the fuel we burn within our uniquely efficient network--we are able to provide detailed and accurate carbon emissions data. Our intent is to provide the best possible estimate, which includes a year-end reconciliation calculation that enhances the precision of our methodology. Our analyses, verified by SGS and certified by The CarbonNeutral Company, can provide details that enable better carbon management. For example, we can specify carbon impact by both mode and scope and offer our customers detailed reports by customized business designations, such as product line, division, or even distribution centre. This level of detail allows you to understand your shipments impact on the environment, and can provide a framework for creating reduction initiatives, monitoring, and improved carbon reporting.
Now that you understand a bit more about the importance of measuring carbon impact, here's how to make sense of the terminology.
Modes: Modes are simply the transport method used to make your shipments.
Scopes: The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) categorizes emissions in terms of Scopes.