Standards for climate management and climate neutrality
Climate management and climate neutrality are not yet firmly defined concepts. Furthermore, there is still no uniform standard for climate management and the achievement of climate neutrality. As a result, companies and organisations already actively working on this topic have devised wide-ranging structures. There are, however, forms of climate management that have been widely accepted and established in practice, such as balancing according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol or the definition of ambitious climate targets, for example according to the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi).
Due to the lack of uniform standards, there is currently no established basis for standardising climate management and climate neutrality with a minimum of entitlement and credibility. One way of creating a verifiable basis for climate management is to link climate management to the system for environmental management and the EMAS audit scheme. Another option is to apply ISO 14064-3 to the validation and verification of greenhouse gas declarations.
We support you in the development of credible processes of climate management and, if desired, climate neutrality, which are based on the current state of knowledge of valid standards and common procedures. In doing so, we draw on our consulting experience in various industries and organizations and resort to our insights in the field of assessment and verification.
Climate management for companies
As a result of the Climate Protection Programme 2030 and the Climate Protection Plan 2050 of the German Federal Government, business and industry will be faced with increasing challenges in future.
In order to meet the direct (e.g. physical) and indirect (e.g. market-based) challenges of climate change, we can support you in developing a comprehensive climate strategy. The basis for this is an inventory of the GHG emissions of your company. Here, an essentiality analysis is used to determine which emission sources are particularly relevant and where savings can be made. Building on this, we then jointly develop targets for short-term reduction as well as strategies for long-term reduction of GHG emissions. In order to reinforce the content of the objectives, measures are jointly developed. The avoidance of emissions has priority over reduction or compensation. If a company sets itself the goal of “climate neutrality”, the compensation of GHG emissions will play a central role in the short and medium term. This is why both the criteria for compensation projects as well as the scope of compensation must be carefully developed.
Your own climate strategy ensures you are well-prepared for any new regulations and laws, for example in the field of energy efficiency or CO2 pricing. A comprehensive climate strategy enables you to set yourself apart from your competitors and effectively communicate your commitment to the public. In order to make the commitment visible – both internally and externally – we make use of our experience in the development of communication media such as brochures, flyers and reports.
Climate management for public administration
Adaptation to climate change is one of the most important challenges of our time. As a result of the climate protection package 2030 adopted by the German government as well as the climate protection plan 2050, public administration institutions will also be taking the path to climate neutrality in the future. This affects, for instance, buildings, mobility and procurement. Climate management is indispensable for a comprehensive improvement of climate protection and for achieving climate neutrality in public administration institutions. It is used to draw up, for example, an energy and GHG balance, an analysis of the potential for reducing greenhouse gases, a catalogue of measures as well as timetables for implementation. The proposed measures are coordinated with the relevant players and implemented in moderated forums. We create a roadmap for your administration to achieve your climate targets (up to greenhouse gas neutrality), coordinate the implementation of the planned measures and moderate the accompanying stakeholder process. Your administration can also contribute from targeted climate management to the German Government’s goals being achieved.