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Doing business in New Climate. Measuring, Reducing, Offsetting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Order Code: ERC078
ISBN Number: 9781844079087
Publisher: Earthscan
No. of Pages: 96
Date of Publication: 2010

Doing business in New Climate. Measuring, Reducing, Offsetting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Price: 24.95

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.

Climate Change Impacts on the Economy

Part I: Getting Started: Planning for the Success of the GHG Management Program
  • Define the Business Case
  • Establish Goals
  • Obtain Buy-In and Commitment
  • Create a Climate Leadership Team and Allocate Funds
  • Helpful Resources

Part II: Measuring Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Why Carry Out an Emissions Inventory?
  • The Greenhouse Gas Protocol
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Collecting Activity Data
  • Calculating GHG Emissions
  • Quality Control
  • Helpful Resources
Part III: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Reduction Targets
  • Identifying Reduction Opportunities
  • Selecting Reduction Measures
  • Tracking Reductions and Cost Savings
  • Examples of GHG Emission
  • Reduction Opportunities
  • Helpful Resources

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
  • Risks
  • 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
  • Helpful Resources

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
  • Motivating Employees
  • Integration of GHG Management into Decision-Making
  • Ongoing Monitoring and Adjustment
  • Helpful Resources

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