Our emissions by scope

Scope 1:

All direct sources of emissions owned or controlled by Verizon, with the main categories being fuel to power our fleet, heat our buildings and power our backup generators.

Scope 2:

Indirect emissions sources generated off-site, but purchased by Verizon. The main category is electricity to power our networks and data centers, plus a small amount of steam and heat purchased to heat our buildings.

Scope 3:

Emissions from corporate business travel (air and rail) based on travel reservations.

GHG emissions (CO2e metric tons)
2016 2017 2018 % Change
2017-2018
Scope 1 2016372,496 2017376,735 2018385,241 % Change2.3%
Scope 2 20165,259,727 20174,522,261 20184,033,579 % Change-10.8%
Total GHG (Scope 1 & 2) 20165,632,222 20174,898,996 20184,418,820 % Change-9.8%
Scope 31 201691,365 201769,271 201898,188 % Change41.7%

1Exclusively business travel

2018 GHG profile CO2e (metric tons)

Note: We are currently undergoing independent external assurance of our 2019 GHG emissions and carbon intensity. We will report our results later in 2020.