Using average emission factors instead of activity data

Hi. I’m trying to support my client for getting SBTi approved.

As written in SBTi guidance and SDA report, activity data(e.g. tonne, m2, kWh) are needed to calculate emission intensity. However, my client’s major borrowers are SMEs, so there is a problem in getting activity data for calculating. May we use region- or sector-specific average emission factors instead?

Thank you for hard work you’ve done about SBTi guidance and resources.

Hi there, yes in cases where primary data is not available, you can use average industry or regional data to supplement any primary data


Just to clarify, can physical activity data (e.g. m2 for CRE) be estimated in order to use SDA?

Yes, it can also be estimated for CRE