No matter the size or sector, any organization can manage and reduce its impact on the Earth’s Global Climate, and lower its Green House Gases Emissions (GHGs).
To get started, and plan for the success of your GHG Management Programme, you should first consider how to design and implement the best plan for your business or organization.
In particular, you would need to start defining a business case for managing the company’s GHG emissions by examining both the direct and indirect risks and opportunities that your organization faces at present, or might face soon.
The next steps that you should follow to implement a GHG Management Programme include:
1) Establishing medium-long term Carbon & Energy Management goals;
2) Obtaining buy-in, active commitment from leaders in the organization;
3) Creating and promoting a corporate Climate Change Leadership Team;
4) Allocating the financial & non-financial resources to the program;
5) Developing a clear step-by-step plan to action; and finally,
6) Monitoring results to improve the overall performance.
For some organizations with broad Sustainability Programmes already in place, managing their GHG emissions could fit well into existing Environmental or Energy Management Initiatives; alternatively, planning a GHG Management Programme could be the first step towards reducing the company’s impact on Earth’s climate and energy resources.
Although the Best-Practice Models of Greenhouse Gas Management involve and promote a more integrated and holistic approach to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Measures, there is still space for flexibility for any business, regardless of the industry or location, to tailor a specific GHG Management Programme to its own needs.
Some organizations might start with a full-scale GHG Management Programme, and would begin by measuring the GHG emissions from their entire operations; whereas others might initially focus on the development of a single carbon neutral product.
Still other companies might decide at first to set a reduction target for a single department or business unit, or a category of emissions only, like electricity use or transportation; and, at a second-stage plan to move on with other GHG initiatives.
Many companies with successful GHG Management Programmes in place are demonstrating to their competitors and other major stakeholders that Climate Change is not only an inevitable risk that needs to be urgently addressed by governments and businesses both at a global and local level; but, that it is also a substantial opportunity that can help small, medium and large companies drive innovation, increase sustainability and profitability and recover from the global financial crisis more quickly.
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