What is the total amount of energy consumption (in gigajoules) outside of the organization?
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This metric is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines. It covers the requirements of Indicator G4-EN4 - 'Energy consumption outside of the organization'
Energy consumption occurs throughout organization’s upstream and downstream activities associated with its operations, including the use of sold products by consumers and the end-of-life treatment of sold products after consumer use.
Quantifying energy consumption outside of the organization provides a basis for calculating some of the relevant other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions in Indicator G4-EN17. Tracking and reducing energy consumption outside of the organization may improve the overall life-cycle performance of products and services, and be part of a comprehensive design program.
This metric is looking for total amount of energy consumption (in gigajoules) outside of the organization:
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Global Reporting Initiative compliance guidance for companies:
To calculate the energy consumption outside of the organization - G4-EN4:
Assess which of its activities cause the energy consumption outside of the organization itself, and assess the amounts involved. For this Indicator, exclude energy consumption reported in Indicator G4-EN3.
When determining the relevance of these activities, identify whether the activity’s energy consumption:
Contributes significantly to the total anticipated energy consumption outside of the organization
Offers potential for reductions that could be undertaken or influenced by the organization
Contributes to the organization’s risk exposure to climate change-related risks such as financial, regulatory, supply chain, product and customer, litigation, and reputational risks
Is deemed material by key stakeholders (such as customers, suppliers, investors, or civil society)
Results from outsourced activities which were previously performed in-house, or activities that are typically performed in-house by other organizations in the same sector
Has been identified as significant in sector-specific guidance
Meets any additional criteria for determining relevance, developed by the organization or by organizations in its sector
Identify relevant upstream or downstream energy consumption in the following categories and activities:
Purchased goods and services
Fuel- and energy- related activities (those that are not included in Indicator G4-EN3)
Upstream transportation and distribution
Waste generated in operations
Upstream leased assets
Downstream transportation and distribution
Processing of sold products
Use of sold products
End of life treatment of sold products
Downstream leased assets
The upstream/downstream categories and activities above including their numbering correspond to the categories and activities documented in the WRI and WBCSD 'GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard'. The numbering has been maintained consistent for the ease of reference between G4 and the WRI and WBCSD 'GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard'. Calculate or estimate the amount of energy consumed in the above relevant categories and activities.
Reporting on this Indicator should include the following contextual information as a comment to the metric value:
standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.
G4-EN4-c: the source of the conversion factors used.
If possible report energy consumption separately for non-renewable and renewable energy sources.