GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE - SERVICES
There is growing international concern that human activities that generate greenhouse gases are severely altering the world's climate with potentially catastrophic effects. This is triggering intense public pressure to dramatically lower GHG emissions with less carbon intensive economies.
Executives need to understand:
CMI offers half-day briefings with knowledgeable experts to provide senior management with the understanding and background that is essential to begin the process of addressing the regulatory challenges that are imminent.
- the scientific basis of the concerns;
- the magnitude of the remedies that are being recommended by climate scientists;
- the status of legislation in the US Congress;
- the changes in management protocols that will be needed to ensure compliance;
- the markets for offsets that will enable affordable short term strategies while long-term modifications to manufacturing processes are adopted.
CMI brings the technical and management skills essential to evaluating a corporation's regulatory and management challenges posed by GHG regulations. These challenges include:
CMI provides comprehensive assessments of existing conditions and management systems to manage compliance with GHG requirements.
- the magnitude of corporate GHG emissions
- the reduction caps on emissions that may apply
- the process changes required to meet such caps with estimates of costs and timing
- the new technical skills that may be required to monitor compliance activities
- the management protocols and audits that may be required to assure legal liabilities are properly met and documented
- the time frame and costs for implementing required changes.
CMI assists clients in developing the detailed strategic plans required to meet new regulatory challenges imposed by pending legislation on GHG emissions.
The strategic plan will require:
CMI works with corporate strategic planning staffs to develop required plans and build management buy-in to the internal organizational changes required by a new world of regulatory obligations. This work will often require new approaches and methodologies to account for the huge uncertainties in future requirements and technologies.
- Review of manufacturing processes to reduce GHG emissions
- New management processes for:
- tracking emissions and acquired offsets to meet emission caps to meet regulations
- auditing performance using new protocols established by standards organizations like ISO and ANSI to assure on-going compliance
- Goals, budgets and time-frames for achieving results
CMI brings knowledge of the legal liability issues surrounding management of GHG emission caps and offsets and procedures for insuring on-going corporate compliance in order to avoid future fines and violations.
CMI offers in-depth experience with compliance management systems and knowledge of ISO standards and protocols for assuring on-going corporate compliance.
- GHG emissions must be monitored or calculated accurately and documented carefully for regulatory review
- Offsets used to meet caps on emissions pose an even greater challenge to assure that they are legitimate. Various climate exchanges have rules for calculating offsets and standards for qualifying experts who validate offsets. These are new procedures with serious questions, in some cases, about the legitimacy of the offsets. The possibilities for fraud and deception are huge so that extreme caution is essential.
- Internal audit processes to routinely and rigorously vet the authenticity of offsets will be critical for avoiding future liabilities.
The climate change world is characterized by dramatic developments occurring world wide: rapid expansion of knowledge of the fundamental issue, major developments in commercially available technologies to reduce carbon footprints, growing availability of emission credit offsets for purchase to meet interim needs while new technologies are being demonstrated and deployed at commercial scales.
CMI offers clients bi-monthly updates on climate change activities so that surprises are avoided and technical competence is upgraded in real time.
CMI provides industry with a subscription service for bi-monthly updates.
- Current information on new legislation and regulations
- Availability of offsets in what markets
- Technological innovations for reducing carbon footprints.
Carbon Credits Management
Management of carbon credits will be a major challenge requiring sophisticated understanding of carbon markets. In the few years in which a European market has existed there have been dramatic changes year to year with significant financial implications for participants. In the US the Chicago Climate Exchange has been established and is functioning, but its role will greatly expand with pending legislation.
CMI can assist clients in:
CMI offers clients assistance and management services of their carbon emissions and credits.
- Tracking their own carbon emissions in real time
- Obtaining credits/offsets required to meet caps on GHG emissions
- Documenting emissions, caps and offsets for regulatory review
- Auditing process to assure the legitimacy and credibility and certification status of emissions and credits so that serious and costly mistakes are avoided.
Energy Saving Alternatives/Mitigation
Many industrial clients can meet caps on GHG emissions by reducing their carbon footprint through internal changes to manufacturing processes, improving building energy efficiency and power efficiency.
Corporations have many ways of reducing their carbon footprints:
CMI helps clients organize these efforts and can bring in independent experts as needed to facilitate the revisions necessary.
- Improving the quality of an incoming power supply can reduce energy use by 10-15% for some clients
- Reducing heat loss in buildings can often reduce energy consumption by 10% or more
- Reviewing the manufacturing processes for energy saving potentials can result in major savings, sometimes with simple step like turning off machines when not in use. Manufacturing processes have often not been designed with either energy efficiency or green chemistry principles applied. When new objectives are introduced it is usually possible for engineers to come up with better processes meeting new goals.