The Greenhouse Gas Protocol classes the emissions produced by industry as Scope 1, 2 and 3. Scope 1 means the emissions directly produced by a business, from the factories and buildings it owns, the vehicles it operates, and so forth. Scope 2 emissions are those generated in the production of the electricity purchased by that business. Scope 3 contains all the indirect emissions connected to the operation of a business, from the processing of raw materials to the disposal of waste, and from to the distribution of its products to how they are used by consumers.
We are in the process of formalising the way we manage our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. Analysing data from the 1st of January 2022 until the 31st of December 2022, in 2023 we conducted our first carbon assessment for Scope 1, 2 and 3 in order to understand our hot spots and identify reduction opportunities. Vivienne Westwood LTD, managed by our London headquarters and Vivienne Westwood SRL, our sister company managed through Milan in Italy, performed two separate assessments which we are seeking to unify in 2024 with the final aim to put measurable targets in place.
Our first priority will always be reduction of emissions. We only look to offset (paying for a reduction in carbon elsewhere to compensate for your own impact) where emissions arising from our operations are unavoidable, such as emissions caused by aviation and other transportation.