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Reducing the burden of sustainability reporting and compliance

The SGA standard is designed by and for game companies to streamline and improve the quality of sustainability reporting while reducing costs

The SGA Standard reduces the burden and complexity of complying with environmental, social, and governance disclosures required by several jurisdictions worldwide. The initial focus is on meeting the requirements of the European Union’s  Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, and the European Sustainability Reporting Standards. Starting with the environmental impact, the standard will address all other required topics one by one. 

Why the focus on a "standard" for gaming's environmental impact?

There are several reasons why a standard for games’ environmental impact is needed. As the world’s leading entertainment industry, games have a responsibility for the impact that they have, and as research conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found, a majority of gamers in 2022 already believed the industry has a responsibility to address its own emissions.   

 In the same year, the largest games companies in the world disclosed over 14 million tonnes of CO2 emissions across a dozen of the largest companies, rising to 81 million tonnes when the footprint of tech giants like Microsoft, Sony, Google, Apple and Tencent are included.

This picture, however, is still incomplete, as the largest share of emissions – Scope 3 emissions, also known as value chain emissions – are not consistently measured and disclosed.

The SGA Standard proposes to align game businesses in their approach to measuring and disclosing Scope 3 emissions and enabling greater action to reduce their impact. 

What does the standard cover?

  • Matches the structure of disclosures described by the ESRS

  • Consists of instructions on methodology for calculations, and an SGA sourced set of validated emissions factors to apply

  • Output will meet the requirements of CSRD reporting and match ESRS requirements 

  • Enabling Industry wide-statistics and comparable metrics for business to track and benchmark performance

  • Enables users to verify and understand their environmental impacts, identify effective sustainability strategies, and make effective investments of resources

A table demonstrating the wide variety of Scope 3 categories disclosed by games businesses, with many non-disclosed categories.

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Sustainable Games Alliance is a member-governed non-profit, and it’s crucial to get member feedback as we develop the standard. Join now to participate in the conversation.