In 2019, Concord was ready to lead the way on Scope 3 carbon footprinting in the commodities sector. However, with over 10,000 trades to analyze, unknown key upstream assets and the notorious data gap for extractive emissions, they needed expert tools fast. Since then, CarbonChain has calculated Concord’s supply chain emissions across more than 30,000 trades, providing fast, accurate, and auditable reports that help address risk, and that stakeholders can trust.
The importance of resilient and transparent supply chains is clear. CarbonChain’s platform lets us tame the complexity of supply chain emissions, prepare for ESG regulation, and mitigate carbon risks early.
Treasurer, Concord Resources Limited
The Client: Concord Resources Limited
Concord is a commodity merchant focused on non-ferrous metals and associated raw materials. Founded in 2015, it has grown to become one of the leading global independent metals and minerals traders. Concord is headquartered in London with representative offices in New York, Connecticut and Hong Kong.
The Challenge: Calculating Scope 3 emissions for 10,000 annual trades
Back in 2019, Concord knew that to future-proof its business it needed to understand its carbon footprint. Measuring emissions is the first essential step to managing carbon risk and preparing for the net-zero economy.
Concord’s supply chain (Scope 3) emissions were the most important, being the largest source of a typical large company’s emissions — especially in the carbon-intensive commodities industry.
As a first mover in the sector, Concord wanted to take a market-leading approach, helping define best practice in carbon accounting for commodity trading.
As well as quantifying its total Scope 3 CO2 output, Concord recognized the need to benchmark its performance, break down the emissions sources, and compare trades, suppliers and assets, to gain actionable insights for its carbon strategy.
To avoid risky and imprecise estimates, Concord needed accurate, verifiable and comprehensive emissions calculations that all of its stakeholders could trust. This meant including all of its approx. 10,000 annual trades — not just a sample — and covering the end-to-end supply chain for each one.
Doing this in-house seemed impossible, partly due to the sheer volume of manual data collection and analysis required, and partly due to the well-known shortage of reliable emissions data for the extraction, production and transport of commodities.
Concord needed a cost-effective solution that could deal with the specific challenges of the commodities sector. This is where CarbonChain stepped in.
The Process: Filling the data gap from mine to customer
Mapping the supply chain: First, Concord provided CarbonChain with a raw data dump of its supply chain documentation, directly from its CTRM (Commodity Trading and Risk Management) platform.
CarbonChain extracted and organized the data and — crucially — identified gaps. For example, important asset-level information was sometimes missing, such as where products were made. Without this data, emissions calculations lack credibility. A product’s carbon footprint varies hugely depending on the production location, so trying to identify the specific smelter or refinery is necessary for yielding useful and accurate results.
The Results: Automated footprinting for risk management and reporting
Foundations for the net-zero transition
With automated Scope 3 carbon accounting embedded in its workflow, Concord is more prepared for changing regulation and stakeholder demand. Concord can identify risks quickly and easily, such as the impact of carbon pricing on its supply chains.
Concord is proactively sharing its emissions data with internal and external stakeholders, to get ahead of mandatory disclosure regulation, support data-led decision-making and enable informed conversations with banks about green finance opportunities.
Supporting the migration to resource-transparent supply chains is a priority for Concord. We are pleased to move in this direction and aim to create a standard for transparency in carbon emissions reporting by partnering with CarbonChain and its team of experts.
CEO, Concord Resources Limited