How to Properly Set a Target for GHG Emissions Reduction
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Creating a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory is usually part of a process. But if you want to reduce this process to its simplest stages, they can be deemed as follows:
- Measure and quantify the Inventory
- Plan to reduce the emissions
- Implement the Plan
This process repeats over and over again every time you set a new target. If you’re new to setting emissions targets, consider getting in touch with GHG emissions consulting services for help. DigiSci Environmental Consulting Inc. is one of the top-rated environmental consulting firms and NPRI reporting consultants in Toronto, thanks to 20 years of experience in air quality control.
The goal behind this emission cycle is to constantly improve. Targets you set can take different forms, but they can be sorted in two broad groups: independent targets and dependent targets.
These are reductions targets in comparison to a baseline. They can be set in percentages (for example, to reduce our emissions by 20% by 2025) or in an absolute form (for example, reduce emissions by 20,000 tonnes by 2025). If you’d like, you can also express these targets in an achievement statement (for example, to reduce emissions to 20,000 tonnes by 2025). These are called independent targets because they have a predictable end goal.
These are so named because the target is impacted by other parameters. One of the more common sorts of targets in this category is called an intensity-based target. With this, GHG is measured per unit of production, throughput, revenue, expenditure, etc. Thus, a target goal may be to reduce GHG per unit of production.
A subset of Dependent Targets is called a benchmarking target, wherein emissions are compared with a peer group (for example, a goal may be to reduce emissions to 30% lower than the industry average). What these two targets have in common is that their goals are dependent on another factor out of their control. The end results are far less predictable with these types of targets, though.
So what’s the right target to set? Greenhouse gas consulting services can help you figure that out. But if you do want to try and implement one yourself, we would advise that adopting a dependent, like so many other companies, is probably the wrong way to go. They are more in line with promoting organizational growth, but being dependent on other factors may be relatively ineffective in producing real results.
This isn’t to say emissions-intensity targets are a bad thing. Monitoring your emissions is a nice step in showing how your company has grown. But dependent targets shouldn’t be used in isolation. They should be used as part of a wider emissions-reduction plan. NPRI reporting consultants help in emissions-reduction plans, so get in touch with them for added support.