Make a Commitment
A commitment towards GHG emissions reductions is an organization’s declaration to the public, employees and stakeholders of its intention to manage its carbon footprint and make improvements for future GHG inventories. The commitment generally includes steps or measures to make those improvements happen. An organization may implement a graduated plan - comprised of small improvements each year over a specified number of years. Alternatively, an organization may have the financial resources and business case motivation to make a larger more immediate impact - proposing a large project that will reduce GHG emissions upon implementation.
Some organizations choose to aim for carbon neutrality. This involves reducing GHG emissions internally where feasible and then purchasing GHG emissions reduction offsets to cover any remaining GHG emissions.
Other organizations focus on specific activities (such as conferences or corporate travel) as opposed to the entire organization. Consumer product manufacturers can identify specific product lines to get an additional market benefit from the effort. Depending on the type of organization and the amount and type of GHG emissions produced, steps taken to reduce the carbon footprint can be as simple as reducing consumption of electricity throughout the workplace or as complex as a carbon capture and sequestration project for a multi-million dollar investment.
CSA has launched the CleanStart™ Registry to help organizations manage their carbon footprint (or GHG footprint) and gain recognition for their efforts. The CSA’s GHG CleanStart™ Registry can help you showcase the effort taken to calculate the carbon footprint of your organization, a specific activity, product or service. It reports on your commitment to improve your carbon footprint and recognizes your efforts, including achieving carbon neutrality.