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Have you noticed that we've started to publish companies' emissions data?

Comparing companies in terms of carbon emissions has always been difficult. Sometimes even impossible. Until now. Welcome to We Don’t Have Time’s emissions ranking.
For each company listed, we display revenue intensity (i.e. emissions divided by revenue), which makes it possible to compare emissions regardless of size.
For each company listed, we display revenue intensity (i.e. emissions divided by revenue), which makes it possible to compare emissions regardless of size.

Let’s say you're a customer who wants to make a sustainable choice when buying a new pair of shoes, or a citizen eager to pick a green bank for your savings account. Or maybe you are an investor trying to reduce the climate footprint of your investments, a purchaser aiming to reduce your company’s value-chain emissions, or a journalist struggling to publish a climate ranking of companies in the construction sector.
All are faced with the same kind of questions: How do you compare the companies you need to compare? What numbers should you use? Where do you even find the data?
Not easy.
But what if there was a platform where you could simply search for a company’s name and see the emissions data right away? And if this platform made it easy to compare companies regardless of size and revenue.
We Don’t Have Time is currently developing such a feature.
All emissions included
For each company added to this ranking, we display revenue intensity (i.e. emissions divided by revenue), which allows us to compare emissions regardless of the organization’s size. Revenue intensity includes all emissions that an organization causes in its operations (Scope 1) and wider value chain (Scopes 2 and 3).
The “Scope” classification has been developed by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the world’s most widely used greenhouse gas accounting standard. It’s a way to help companies and organizations prevent double counting, and to classify the greenhouse gas emissions into manageable and measurable categories. Understanding these scopes helps organizations identify where their emissions come from and develop strategies to reduce their overall carbon footprint, not just within their immediate operations but throughout their entire value chain.
Stricter reporting rules in the EU and the US
Up until now, reporting Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions has been voluntary for most companies. But this is rapidly changing, not least because of the new EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). Starting with the 2024 financial year, 11,700 of the largest companies doing business in the European Union are required to follow these requirements. According to the European Parliament, this number will gradually increase to around 50,000 large, medium, and small companies in 2028.
In the United States new, stricter climate reporting rules are being planned as well. Last year, the biggest economy in the U.S., the state of California, passed the Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act (CCDAA). This new law will require large public and private companies doing business in California to disclose their scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions, starting in 2026.
To succeed with this reporting, these companies will also start demanding strict emissions reporting from their suppliers and business partners. This means the new reporting standards will affect small and medium-sized companies all over the world.
Solar panels can reduce a company's Scope 2 emissions. Photo: Nuno Marques on Unsplash
Solar panels can reduce a company's Scope 2 emissions. Photo: Nuno Marques on Unsplash

Here is a short explanation of scope 1,2 and 3 emissions: Scope 1 Emissions: These are direct emissions that come from sources that are owned or controlled by a company or organization.
Examples:
  • Emissions from burning fuel in company-owned vehicles.
  • Emissions from on-site machinery and equipment.
Emissions from chemical reactions in industrial processes. Scope 2 Emissions: These are indirect emissions associated with the consumption of purchased energy. These emissions come from the generation of electricity, heat, or steam that a company uses but doesn't produce itself.
Examples include:
  • Emissions from the power plants that supply electricity to a company.
  • Emissions from the burning of fuel to generate heat for a company's buildings.
Scope 3 Emissions: These are indirect emissions that occur as a result of the company's activities, but from sources not owned or controlled by the company. They often involve the entire supply chain, including both upstream emissions (from raw material, producing parts or other items that are delivered to the company and used in the production) and downstream emissions emissions (emissions caused by the product after it has been sold or delivered).
Examples include:
  • Emissions from the extraction and production of raw materials used in manufacturing.
  • Emissions from the transportation of goods and services.
  • Emissions from the use and disposal of products sold by the company.
All these emissions are included in our emissions ranking. See our current version of our emissions ranking:

As you will notice, many companies and organizations don't yet have their emissions data on their profiles. You can help us add this data if you want to, by going to the company’s profile and clicking Report data. If the company is reporting its emissions data, you will most probably find it in its sustainability reports or annual reports. Not all organizations publish their emissions data, but more and more will because of the new EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), mentioned earlier. Please note that this is a beta feature. We’d be happy to receive your feedback and ideas on how we can improve. Contact our editor Markus Lutteman at:
markus.lutteman@
https://wedonthavetime.org


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