GHG Protocol: Category 7

Calculating emissions from employee commuting

Measure and manage your Scope 3 carbon footprint for a sustainable future

Calculating emissions from employee commuting is crucial for businesses committed to sustainability. This comprehensive guide, aligned with Section 7 of the GHG Protocol, offers a step-by-step approach to accurately quantify your carbon footprint and make informed decisions for a greener tomorrow.

Understanding GHG Protocol Section 7

GHG Protocol's Section 7 focuses on Scope 3 emissions, encompassing indirect emissions beyond a company's operational boundaries. Employee commuting falls within Category 3, emphasising the significance of addressing transportation-related emissions.

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GHG Protocol: Category 7

Employees “Employees” refers to employees of entities and facilities owned, operated, or leased by the reporting company. Companies may include employees of other relevant entities (e.g., franchises or outsourced operations) in this category, as well as consultants, contractors, and other individuals who are not employees of the company, but commute to facilities owned and operated by the company.

Calculating Emissions from Employee Commuting

Calculation approach

Embarking on the journey to calculate emissions from employee commuting presents a decision tree that guides the selection of a suitable calculation approach for Scope 3 emissions arising from this crucial facet. Within this landscape, companies are presented with the following pathways:

  • Fuel-Based Method: This avenue involves quantifying the fuel consumed during employee commuting endeavours. By coupling this data with the fitting emission factor for the specific fuel type, a precise emission calculation is derived. This method rests on the accurate measurement of fuel usage, lending a meticulous edge to emission assessment
  • Distance-Based Method: Here, the focus shifts to collecting pertinent data directly from employees. Details such as travel distance and chosen mode of commuting form the bedrock of this approach. By subsequently applying context-specific emission factors aligned with the modes used, a robust estimation of emissions emerges, reflective of the intricacies of individual commuting patterns
  • Average-Data Method: Steering towards a broader perspective, this path involves harnessing averages and broader data trends. Estimating emissions from employee commuting becomes a matter of leveraging general (e.g., national) data on commuting patterns. This method offers a streamlined, bird's-eye view of emissions, driven by overarching averages

Guided by this decision tree, companies gain clarity and precision in their emissions calculations, enabling a holistic understanding of the environmental impact of employee commuting.


Guiding you through compliance

WeVee specialises in guiding businesses through accurate emission calculations, ensuring compliance with GHG Protocol standards. Our experienced team provides tailored solutions to help you measure, manage, and mitigate employee commuting emissions, driving your journey towards a greener and more sustainable future.