Climate Emergency Strategy

Has your business declared a climate emergency yet? Do you have a climate emergency strategy that sits alongside your declaration which deals with the rapid changes in climate, regulations and consumer behaviour that your business faces?

The rising incidence and scale of global climate change protests are symptoms of a rapidly changing awareness of environmental issues in our societies, an awareness that has critical importance to all forms of business.

Making a climate emergency declaration is an important step towards addressing the climate crisis and the risks it poses to your business, but it needs to be followed up with change. We are helping businesses prepare for climate change, and the associated emerging business realities of changing markets, changing business models and new cost implications. We can help you build a workable climate emergency strategy for your business that addresses your internal operations, your wider network of suppliers and customers, and the community in which you operate.Whether you require a full strategy addressing every element of sustainability, or analysis of a single area of CO2e mitigation, we can provide evidence-based expertise.

As part of our service, we can assess your baseline position, establish the projected trajectory based on current and proposed actions, identify mitigation and adaptation measures, assess the likely impact of these measures and help you develop an appropriate strategy and action plan.

Mitigation

Mitigation measures are the backbone of any strategy, as they seek to reduce the damage currently being caused. We can:

  • Analyse your current greenhouse gas emissions to determine a realistic baseline and identify your current trajectory of emissions changes.
  • Use bespoke Marginal Abatement Cost (MAC) modelling to identify the most impactful and cost-effective greenhouse gas reduction measures for your business. This approach provides a clear rationale for a prioritized action plan.
  • Develop mitigation pathways based on the MAC analysis to show how measures should be prioritized, whether your objective is maximum mitigation, minimum cost or greatest cost-effectiveness.
  • Develop green procurement processes to ensure ongoing minimisation of CO2e through your supply chains.
  • Identify methods to embed climate issues into capital expenditure decision making.
  • Analyse and model CO2e emissions across all potential sectors of influence.
  • Assess sequestration opportunities.
Adaptation

Preparing for a changing climate is becoming ever more pressing as extreme weather events become more common. There are two levels of adaptation:

  • Adaptation to the climate changes themselves, for example increased heat in summer months, increased incidence of storms etc.; and
  • Adaptation to the consequences of climate changes globally, for example increased migration towards more temperate regions, reduced access to certain natural resources etc.

We can examine the likely risks associated with climate change for your business, and your exposure to them. That allows us to assess the potential challenges that you may face, actions that can be taken to adapt to them, and the prioritization of these actions.

Culture

Dealing with climate change seems likely to require significant changes in the way we live. In preparation, we need to explore and challenge cultural factors that may help or hinder change. Helping people alter their perspectives is an important part of bringing about meaningful, sustainable change. It is critical for a climate emergency strategy to have a cultural strand, including:

  • The internal culture of the business; and
  • The culture(s) of the wider networks of which it is a part

We bring wide experience of behavioural change, sustainability education and awareness raising, and stakeholder engagement to our projects. That enables us to develop a bespoke approach for each client to facilitate a shift in cultural assumptions.

Bringing it Together

Responding to the climate emergency is a major challenge that needs to be resourced. It requires collaborative change and potentially a programme of work with many strands. We can help you co-ordinate your approach into a coherent, deliverable whole, by:

  • Assessing the interaction of measures across all the strands, identifying the most effective combination for your situation;
  • Prioritising measures, developing an action plan; and
  • Identifying financing and funding opportunities to facilitate change.

By implementing a robust climate emergency strategy you will secure the future of your business, become a leader of change in your sector and influence what our planet looks like for future generations. Please get in touch with one of our team to find out more.

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