Estates Management record 2012/13 - Scope 3 carbon emissions from business travelScope3CarbonEmissionsFromBusinessTravel
Estates Management record 2012/13
Scope 3 carbon emissions from business travel
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The fields in this entity contain data about scope 3 carbon emissions from business travel.
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All higher education institutions (HEIs).
This is scope 3 emissions in total greenhouse gas emissions (tonnes) from business travel that is paid for by the HEI and undertaken by academic and support staff and by students. For example, this could include travel undertaken by academics to attend conferences or events, support staff meeting with suppliers or students travelling to fulfil course requirements.
The emissions from business travel that is paid for by a third party should not be included within the HEI scope 3 travel emissions reporting. Similarly, business travel that is paid for by students independently should also be excluded.
Identifying scope 1 and scope 3 travel emissions
In order to avoid double counting, scope 1 travel emissions need to be identified and reported separately from scope 3 travel emissions. Scope 1 travel emissions should be provided under Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions.
Determining the scope of emissions from HEI travel will depend on a range of factors including:
Business travel emissions resulting from the use of any mode of transport that is not owned or leased by a HEI, and virtually all modes of commuter travel, should be recorded as scope 3 emissions.
Scope 1 travel emissions may include those generated by academics, support staff or students travelling for business purposes using modes of transport that are owned or leased by a HEI. Modes of transport that are owned by an HEI and used for business travel should always be recorded as scope 1 emissions, whilst the scope of emissions from leased modes of transport used for business purposes will depend on how the asset has been accounted for. Leased modes of transport used for business purposes will be recorded as either scope 1 or scope 3 emissions.
Emission conversion factors
Prior to the 2011/12 Estates Management Statistics record, the conversion factor used was based on carbon dioxide (C02) per unit. However, from the 2011/12 Estates Management Statistics record onwards, the alternative Defra measure of equivalent carbon dioxide (C02e) is used instead. This change accounts for additional Greenhouse Gases, including CH4 and N20.
The Defra conversion factors and guidance provide the conversion factors as well as supplemental information. Furthermore, HEFCE scope 3 carbon emissions guidance was commissioned to help the higher education sector in measuring and reporting scope 3 carbon emissions.
To calculate emissions from different modes of travel multiply activity data (e.g. fuel used or distance travelled) by the appropriate conversion factor.
Emissions can be calculated using fuel consumption data or distance travelled data. Distance travelled data uses average emission factors for different modes of transport and is not as accurate as fuel consumption data.
For public transport (like rail travel) emissions are reported on a per passenger kilometre basis, rather than per vehicle kilometre (which is how emissions from motor cars or vans are reported). HEIs should use the most accurate emission conversion factors possible based on the data that they have available.
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|Change management notes||Additional guidance added to the Notes section, clarifying that from the 2011/12 Estates Management Statistics record onwards the alternative Defra measure of equivalent carbon dioxide (C02e) is used instead of carbon dioxide (C02) per unit.|
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