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Boom Supersonic has said that after achieving carbon neutrality in 2021, it is now focused on its next sustainability milestone – net zero carbon by 2025.
In order to do that, Boom said it has defined three essential steps:
Measure the emissions of its entire value chain
Reduce its carbon output when it sees opportunities to do so
Offset residual emissions that can’t be mitigated by investing in high-impact, high-quality carbon removals
Boom said its partnership with Watershed, the enterprise climate platform, is at the ‘forefront’ of that strategy, working to help Boom track and mitigate carbon output.
Most recently, Boom Supersonic, along with fellow Watershed customers Canva, SKIMS, and Zendesk, are participating in Frontier, an advance market commitment focused on accelerating permanent carbon removal.
“Boom is committed to building a sustainable supersonic future by driving impact at scale,” said Kathy Savitt, President of Boom Supersonic. “We are participating in the Frontier program through our partnership with Watershed to accelerate permanent carbon removal across industries, taking another step toward our commitment to net zero by 2025.”
Work doesn’t stop there
Taylor Francis, Co-Founder of Watershed said: “It all starts with having accurate, granular emissions data. If you don’t know where your emissions are coming from, you can’t build an effective strategy for reducing them.
“We give companies like Boom a single, intuitive platform for running end-to-end climate programs—from granular emissions measurement and tracking, to actionable reductions, high-additionality carbon removal, audit-grade reporting, and now our new Supply Chain product.”
Boom partnered with Watershed in 2021 for carbon emissions accounting and climate strategy in order to ensure compliance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG), an organisation that sets standards for greenhouse gas emissions.
Source 3 emissions
The GHG identifies three types of emissions, or “scopes,” that companies must track:
• Scope 1 emissions – Greenhouse gasses that come directly from things we own or control (like company owned vehicles)
• Scope 2 emissions – Emissions that come from the utilities (electricity, heating, etc.) that we purchase.
• Scope 3 emissions – Upstream/downstream emissions that come from other companies in our supply chain, or that come from customers who use and dispose of our products.
In 2021, 93% of Boom’s carbon output came from Source 3 emissions.
Watershed recently introduced a new tool called Watershed Supply Chain, which helps companies like Boom calculate and track Scope 3 emissions. Watershed Supply Chain provides a dashboard where Boom can quickly analyse its overall carbon footprint and work with partners to identify reduction opportunities.
“Getting a handle on your Scope 3 emissions can be really hard,” said Francis. “If you work with a lot of different vendors or suppliers, you need to manually gather data from all of them, which can mean lots of emails back and forth to busy people.
“With Watershed Supply Chain, each supplier gets a dedicated portal where it’s easy to submit their emissions data and understand their role in their partner’s sustainability goals. Watershed then helps you clean, process, and analyse that data to identify emissions hotspots and prioritise vendors to work with on reductions.”