RED's Scope 3 approach
The influence RED has over the Scope 3 of our designs varies depending on our terms of appointment, the stage of the project and the nature of the works involved. Undertaking a bottom-up approach and quantifying Scope 3 is difficult and not an exact science. To counter this problem, we also undertake top-down calculations which are issued as part of our annual SECR submissions.
Defining our influence is as much about education and advocacy as it is about deliberate design. We always act in the best interest of our stakeholders and clients but equally recognise that, while the world is in a climate emergency, our actions need to consider the practical application of resources; always ensuring health & safety and the requirements of fairness and equality.
Therefore, in order to calculate our Scope 3, we assess our part in the context of a supply chain, using the GHG Protocol to define the role we play and the quantity of carbon we can help to remove from a project or business practice.
Primarily, our aim is to reduce a project’s environmental footprint when compared to both practical net zero and actual sector benchmarks. We also use the revenue we generate within any given sector to calculate a proportion of responsibility.
In taking both the bottom up and top-down figures, we can quantify our worse-case Scope 3 generation.