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PG&E Wants to Add ‘Scope 4’ Emissions to Your Climate Dictionary

The California utility is using an unofficial term to categorize some greenhouse gas emissions. What do climate-change experts think? 

A Pacific Gas & Electric Co. worker moves a wire into place while installing a bypass switch in Yountville, California in April 2020. 

A Pacific Gas & Electric Co. worker moves a wire into place while installing a bypass switch in Yountville, California in April 2020. 

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

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I was reading the new climate strategy report of one of the nation’s largest utilities, PG&E Corp., as one does, and stumbled over a term that stopped me in my tracks: “Scope 4 emissions.”