Reduce Value Chain Emissions

Manage Key Issues: Technology

For most technology companies, Scope 3 emissions from represent the majority of their carbon footprint. Working with companies in your value chain to address emissions from sources like transport, distribution and the purchase of goods is critical to addressing climate change and achieving your sustainability goals.

The common sources of value chain emissions for technology companies include energy use in your suppliers’ buildings, industrial facilities and data centers, as well as emissions from upstream and downstream freight and passenger transport. Value chain emissions may also result from non-energy sources such as supplier use of refrigerants and industrial gases.  

Encouraging your suppliers to reduce these emissions and invest in solutions like energy efficiency measures and renewable energy can improve the resilience of your value chain to climate transition risks. It can also lower costs and signal your demand for low- and zero-emission goods and services, which will demonstrate climate leadership. 

The following action steps provide more insight on managing the key issues for technology companies related to emissions in your value chain.