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What are Emissions Scopes?


Atlantic Packaging shows commitment to sustainability through its business practices and the products it buys, sells, and produces. It is important for businesses to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their operations and supply chains. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol, a leading organization that establishes greenhouse gas accounting standards, measures emissions through “scopes.” These scopes allow organizations to better manage and monitor their environmental impact.

Emission Scopes:

Scope #1:
Scope 1 Emissions are greenhouse gases that a business creates directly from sources that it controls or owns. These types of emissions come from vehicles, boilers, furnaces, and refrigerants.

Scope #2:
Scope 2 Emissions occur during the production of energy by power plants. When a business purchases electricity or other forms of power this counts towards its Scope 2 emissions.

Scope #3:
Scope 3 Emission production takes place both upstream and downstream in the value chain. Upstream emissions include products and services a business purchases as well as employee commuting and business travel. Downstream emissions result from distribution of products or services by a business and emissions associated with disposal of products by consumers. Scope 3 emissions are the largest source of emissions for businesses.

Atlantic is making aggressive changes to minimize all its emission scopes by investing in electric vehicles, installing rooftop solar panels, creating sustainable packaging options that are curbside recyclable, and encouraging suppliers to reduce their emissions as well.