Scope 2 & 3

Climate change doesn't respect international boarders, nore does pollution, contamination or indeed contagious viruses. The pandemic has demonstrated that arbitrary lines on a map are entirely insignificant in a globalised world.

We have effectively exported our manufacturing to developing nations and all we really see is the final product on our shelves or favourite online retailer. We no longer see the manufacturing process or the costs associated that aren't reflected in the price tag such as environmental impact or health and welfare of the workforce.

Scope 2 emissions relate to the global transportation of these products and Jersey in particular as a small, strongly populated island with a high affluence and consumption rate will no doubt contribute significantly towards this section of the carbon account. We are so used to seeing supermarket shelves brimming with products, a comforting sign of choice and abundance. Just bringing these items to Jersey through a myriad of transportation infrastructures will have a (difficult to audit but) significant emissions and environmental impact.

Even harder to audit are Scope 3, the emissions related to the manufacturing of all the items that we in our consumer driven society demand.

Our demand for products and the style of our consumerism (having new products available at the click of a button - literally) fuels Scope 2 & 3.

Why the contribution is important

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by brucecarnegie on March 10, 2021 at 11:05AM

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  • Posted by brucecarnegie March 10, 2021 at 11:09

    ... sorry I'll just finish the end of section two in my post ...

    We can't blame developing nations for the environmental impact of producing goods and the subsequent transport when it is us that's fueling this through our consumerist society and economic structure.

    We need to bear the burden of responsibility.

    There has already been a discussion regarding economic levers such as carbon fee and dividend which is a practical and applicable method of helping to resolve this issue.

  • Posted by brucecarnegie March 10, 2021 at 17:00

    Looking at issues such as Amazon's deforestation, well it would seem that this is a Brazilian concern. Bolsonaro seems happy enough to follow a nationalist path and view this ecosystem as an economic resource that can be utilised to generate business development.

    As much as I personally find his politics distasteful, one of the significant drivers for deforestation is to provide grazing pasture for cattle and grow soy for animal feed destined for the UK. This is driven by the high demand for beef and dairy products that we in our social environment consume. Our food preferences have a direct impact on the Amazon. Both scope 2 and 3 emissions exampled here.

    It's also worth noting that the UK now has something like 10% of it's native ancient woodlands left (and it's a fair assumption that this is the case across Europe) meaning that well, we've already destroyed significant areas of our own ecosystems and biodiversity.

    It's one thing to ask that everyone goes vegan, although that is quite unlikely to occur.

    But we really need to see trade systems that don't seek to exploit developing nations by demanding the cheapest.

    The retailer has an obligation to work with and reward suppliers that operate within sustainable resource yields.
    On Jersey, this means that we should be seriously considering who we award shopping franchises to and ensure that the few big supermarkets who are fortunate enough to operate here to such a captive market need to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability across their whole operation.

    Governments of developed nations who hold all the bargaining cards need to engineer quality trade deals that reward development of sustainable production. Something our own ministry for external relations should be investigating.
  • Posted by brucecarnegie March 11, 2021 at 11:13

    What about scope 2 and 3 emissions in the construction industry? Or even the particular example of the hospital project? That's going to be alot of carbon heavy concrete and steel imported into Jersey. Are we going to audit that or even give it consideration? Scope 2 and 3 example...

    What about the fertilisers applied to the fields to grow our Jersey Royals?

    What about our main industry ... Finance.

    It's heartening to see that the JFSC is taking ESG seriously

    https://jerseyeveningpost.com/[…]/

    As a financial jurisdiction, Jersey prides itself on transparency and cooperation. In this industry Jersey could exercise influence far beyond it's shores and far beyond it's size.

    There are a number of significant hedge funds that are now demanding strong ESG credentials before investing. Can Jersey's finance industry be a global leader in facilitating a transition to ESG business?

    What about the management of the states own assets? Can we expect to see a decoupling from petrostates and a decarbonised portfolio?

    Environmental issues are not the sole remit of the Environment Department. We need a coordinated government (and arm's length organisations) from External Relations, Planning, Treasury and Economic Development to deliver on a unified ESG development.

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