Tesla is finally disclosing the full extent of its carbon emissions
Tesla’s most recent impact report (pdf), released late last month, marks the first time the company has accounted for the emissions associated with its supply chain.
Conventional gas-powered vehicles produce the majority of their carbon emissions from their tailpipes. Electric vehicles (EVs) like Teslas produce far lower volumes of CO2 emissions in the course of driving. Instead, their emissions come about deeper in their production and supply chains. In the past, EV manufacturers have tended to exclude “Scope 3" emissions: emissions produced, say, by suppliers and vendors, who lie outside the companies’ immediate operations.