Navigating the Path to Net Zero

Examining Greenhouse Gas Compliance in Manufacturing Operations


In today's world, sustainability has become more than just a buzzword; it's a necessity. The manufacturing sector, often criticised for its environmental impact, is now stepping up to the plate with innovative solutions to reduce emissions and minimise its carbon footprint. This blog explores FactoryIQ's Edge Essentials, a groundbreaking approach for small to medium-sized manufacturing businesses striving to tackle their emissions.

15th November 2023

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol, which is the world’s most widely used greenhouse gas accounting standard, states: "Developing a full [greenhouse gas] emissions inventory – incorporating Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions – enables companies to understand their full value chain emissions and focus their efforts on the greatest reduction opportunities".

But first, what exactly are Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions?

Definitions of scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions

Essentially, Scope 1 are those direct emissions that are owned or controlled by a company, whereas Scope 2 and 3 indirect emissions are a consequence of the activities of the company but occur from sources not owned or controlled by it.

Scope 1 emissions

Scope 1 covers emissions from sources that an organisation owns or controls directly – for example from burning fuel in our fleet of vehicles (if they’re not electrically-powered).

Scope 2 emissions

Scope 2 are emissions that a company causes indirectly and come from where the energy it purchases and uses is produced. For example, the emissions caused when generating the electricity that we use in our buildings would fall into this category.

Scope 3 emissions

Scope 3 encompasses emissions that are not produced by the company itself and are not the result of activities from assets owned or controlled by them, but by those that it’s indirectly responsible for up and down its value chain. An example of this is when we buy, use and dispose of products from suppliers. Scope 3 emissions include all sources not within the scope 1 and 2 boundaries.

Edge Essentials: A Practical Solution

FactoryIQ's Edge Essentials offers a tangible approach to manufacturing sustainability by equipping businesses with the tools they need to reduce their own Scope 1 emissions, and therefore the Scope 3 emissions of their customers. One of the key features of this solution is real-time energy consumption monitoring. This tool is revolutionary for manufacturers, as it allows them to identify periods of high energy usage and adjust their operations accordingly. By doing so, companies can reduce energy consumption and, subsequently, their carbon footprint. By showing progress in reducing their Scope 1 emissions, companies immediately become more attractive to their customers, because they are helping to reduce their customers’ Scope 3 emissions. These emissions will become a key differentiator when competing for business with your customers’ other suppliers.

Machine Utilisation and Efficiency

Edge Essentials goes even further by enhancing machine utilisation. It assists manufacturers in identifying and addressing operational issues promptly, enabling machines to operate at their optimal efficiency. This not only improves productivity but also saves energy and minimizes greenhouse gas emissions.

The Role of Technology in Sustainability

The manufacturing industry is evolving, and technology is playing a pivotal role in shifting it towards sustainable practices. While maintaining profitability is essential for any business, it's equally crucial to acknowledge the environmental responsibility that comes with industrial processes. Edge Essentials is a prime example of how technology can help manufacturers strike a balance between economic viability and ecological responsibility.

The Path to Net Zero Emissions

The ultimate goal for every manufacturing company should be to work towards achieving net zero emissions. This journey is not an overnight transformation but a gradual shift that ensures companies remain both economically viable and ecologically responsible. With innovative solutions like Edge Essentials, manufacturing businesses can take tangible steps toward this goal.


In the quest for sustainability, small to medium-sized manufacturing businesses need practical tools to reduce their Scope 1 emissions. FactoryIQ's Edge Essentials offers just that, with real-time energy consumption monitoring and machine utilization enhancement. By leveraging technology and embracing environmental responsibility, manufacturers can pave the way towards a greener, more sustainable future.

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