1. Purchased goods and services

Select one of the buttons below to enter your scope 3 category 1 data. There are three options: Purchasing data (dollars or MT eCO2), food data (weight), and paper data (weight).

Purchasing Data (USD)

Food Data (weight)

Paper Data (weight)

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What are purchased goods and services? 

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The purchased goods and services category includes the upstream emissions associated with goods and services purchased by an organization. It is category 1 of scope 3. The emissions calculations account for all emissions that occur upstream of your organization, such as the processing of raw materials and the manufacture of a good. The types of goods included are generally consumable goods, such as food and office supplies.

Larger purchases that are considered assets or investments, such as vehicles and construction, should be reported in scope 3 category 2: Capital goods. The differences between the purchased goods and capital goods can be nuanced and ultimately depends on how your organization categorizes its purchasing data. Just be sure to document your approach and use consistent categorization across time. 

The purchased goods and services category can be a significant component of an organization's overall carbon footprint and is essential to include for a complete picture of your emissions and for decision-making. 

What options are available in SIMAP for purchased goods and services data entry?

SIMAP will add more options for weight-based purchased goods data entry in the future.

Source: GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard