Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions + Climate Change Resilience = Decarbonisation
The transition to a low carbon economy has rapidly accelerated around the world. The interruption of Covid-19 has been seized by governments and industries as an opportunity to rethink how the risks of climate change should now be considered. The result is increasing accountability for corporate boardrooms and elected officials to be able to answer: what are you doing to address the impacts of climate change?
The first answer is to align current operations with a plan to mitigate the worst effects of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. International treaties such as the Paris Agreement require participating nations to develop net zero emissions strategies in an effort to limit global temperature rise below 2°C. With the next United Nations meeting in Glasgow (COP26, November 2021) it is widely expected that these goals will be tightened and timelines for Net Zero 2050 moved up. In order to keep pace with accelerating requirements, decision makers must be accounting for their present impacts and working to continually minimise their own emissions.
The second answer is to consider the long-term impacts of climate change within risk assessments. How prepared is the business or community to be resilient in the face of fluctuations and permanent shifts brought on by climate change? As has been stated, actions to reduce the impacts of climate change must be made today, but it is also important to consider how steps taken today can simultaneously minimise risk.
By addressing both parts of this question, responsible parties can have assurance that they are taking the necessary steps to ensure that short-term strategy is relevant to address long-term realities. DECARBONISATION is a holistic approach to addressing both parts of the climate change question.
What is Decarbonisation?
At the most basic level, decarbonisation is the process of removing the greenhouse gas emissions from processes and operations. To systematically approach this task, EarthCheck has devised five Key Target Areas: ENERGY, WASTE, WATER, TRANSPORT AND CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE. The term decarbonisation speaks to the conversion of all activities within this scope to a tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2-e) metric. In this way, the actions undertaken to address the five key target areas have a direct impact on reducing the measurable greenhouse gas emissions of the facility, precinct or community.
By framing decarbonisation with these five key target areas, EarthCheck is able to systematically address the mitigation of climate change impacts through current emissions reduction while also dealing with adaptations to climate change that consider risk and resilience for the future. This holistic approach is critical to ensuring that immediate actions lead to successful long-term outcomes.
Why consider Decarbonisation?
- Understand present and future risks of climate change
- Map and verify current emissions profile
- Develop holistic strategy to reduce emissions across entire operations & communities
- Meet and exceed reporting standards and regulatory targets