Doing Business in a New Climate: A Guide to Measuring, Reducing and Offsetting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844079087
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

The David Suzuki Foundation is committed to protecting the diversity of nature and our quality of life, now and for the future.

Paul Lingl has been developing climate change solutions at the David Suzuki Foundation since 2001, and has advised businesses, governments, and major event organizers. He has also worked for a number of leading green businesses in Canada.

Deborah Carlson has worked at the David Suzuki Foundation since 2006 developing greenhouse gas management strategies for businesses and other organizations. Previously she practiced law in Vancouver and Geneva.

Lingl and Carlson have also co-authored Meeting the Challenge, A Carbon Neutral 2010 Winter Games Discussion Paper, which was commissioned by the organizers of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
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

Conclusion

Additional Resources
Glossary
Endnotes

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