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  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Core Principles of Calculating Emissions from Travel
  • Proposed EMS Travel Definitions
  • Sourcing Corporate Information
  • Sourcing Information and Calculating Scope 3 Travel Emissions by Mode
  • Missing Data Methodology
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Annex A – Defra/DECC Emissions Conversion Factors
  • Annex B – Example Staff Travel Survey
  • Annex C – Additional Questions For Staff Travel Surveys

Executive summary


1.   This guidance document provides higher education institutions (HEIs) with information on how to calculate scope 3 carbon emissions generated by work-related travel. The guidance aims to help HEIs to adopt efficient and effective data collection practices, and includes examples of good practice within the HEI sector.

Key points

2.   Specifically, the document provides guidance to HEIs on:

  • The core principles of calculating emissions generated by work-related travel;
  • Which scope 3 travel emissions should be included in an HEI's scope 3 travel carbon reporting boundary;
  • What information sources can be used to calculate scope 3 travel emissions in the most efficient, effective and accurate manner; and
  • Internal and external stakeholders who may be able to support emissions calculation.

3.   The guidance also describes the proposed Higher Education Statistics Agency's (HESA) Estate Management Statistics (EMS) data definitions for scope 3 travel emissions. A report, 'Measuring scope 3 carbon emissions - transport. Report to HEFCE by JMP Consultants Ltd', has been produced in conjunction with this guidance to justify the proposed EMS travel definitions and to explain the consultation process that informed them.

Action required

4.   HEIs will be able to report scope 3 carbon emissions from transport through the Estate Management Statistics, collected by HESA, from 2012-13.