As part of our global energy and climate strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), increase energy efficiency, and seek lower-carbon solutions, we embarked on work to measure our Scope 3 emissions, which are the indirect emissions that occur both upstream and downstream in our supply chain.
By partnering closely with World Resource Institute and WWF, we estimated that our Scope 3 emissions could represent nearly three quarters of our total GHG emissions, compared to our Scope 1 and 2 emissions. We also learned that the majority of these Scope 3 emissions are found in three areas: purchased goods and services, transportation and distribution, and post-consumer waste.
Additionally, fuel and energy related activity, waste generated in operations and capital goods were also considered relevant categories. Non-relevant and uncalculated categories included leased assets, franchises, and processing and use of sold products.
At Kimberly-Clark, calculating Scope 3 emissions required data relating to purchases, production, waste generation and the development of calculation methodology using our sustainability database and emissions factors. After refining our calculation processes, we’ve recently sought and achieved third party validation of our reported Scope 3 inventory by WSP.
It’s our aim to focus on three strategies going forward:
1.Collaborate with suppliers and business teams to develop innovative materials with lower GHG impacts.
2. Improve the efficiency of our transportation systems for our finished products to reduce overall mileage.
3. Identify and implement post-consumer waste initiatives that reduce end-of-life GHG emissions.
We will continue to look at ways to reduce the value chain emissions of our products and ultimately create a corporate Scope 3 emissions-reduction goal in the future.
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