Around the world, a growing number of businesses are taking steps to reduce their climate impact by managing their greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, these businesses are discovering that effective greenhouse gas management can enhance their brands, motivate employees, increase operational efficiencies, and save money.
This guide walks readers through the key activities that make up a greenhouse gas management program, including measuring, reducing, and offsetting emissions and developing a communications strategy around the program. Throughout, case studies of over fifty leading businesses from around the world highlight innovation and solutions to common challenges, and further resources are provided for each section.
While this guide was developed primarily for the business community, many of the greenhouse gas management practices explored can also be used by other organizations that wish to reduce their climate impact, including government agencies, municipalities, non-governmental organizations and educational institutions.
Published with the David Suzuki Foundation.
Table of Contents
Climate Change Impacts on the Economy
Part I: Getting Started: Planning for the Success of the GHG Management Program
Define the Business Case
Obtain Buy-In and Commitment
Create a Climate Leadership Team and Allocate Funds
Part II: Measuring Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Why Carry Out an Emissions Inventory?
The Greenhouse Gas Protocol
Collecting Activity Data
Calculating GHG Emissions
Part III: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Identifying Reduction Opportunities
Selecting Reduction Measures
Tracking Reductions and Cost Savings
Examples of GHG Emission
Part IV: Offsetting Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Going Carbon Neutral
What Is Carbon Neutral?
Making a Decision to Go Carbon Neutral
Benefits of Carbon Neutral Initiatives
Developing an Effective Carbon Neutral Initiative
Different Types of Carbon Neutral Initiatives
What Is a Carbon Offset?
High Quality Carbon Offsets
Deciding Which Offsets to Purchase Helpful Resources
Part V: Communicating Effectively: Supporting the GHG Management Program
Developing an Effective Communications Plan
Principles of Good Communications for Environmental Initiatives
Tailoring Messages to Different Audiences
Part VI: Moving Forward and Overcoming Challenges
Time and Money
Too Many Options
A Steep Learning Curve for the Emissions Inventory
Lack of Internal Expertise
Integration of GHG Management into Decision-Making
Ongoing Monitoring and Adjustment