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Moving forward: overcoming challenges

It is helpful to keep in mind that nearly all businesses will encounter some challenges in managing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, especially at the beginning. Some of the more common challenges – and possible solutions – include the following:

  • Time and money: Implementing an effective GHG management program requires time and financial resources.
  • Too many options: Because there are many options available when it comes to managing GHG emissions, deciding where to start may seem difficult.
  • A steep learning curve for the emissions inventory: Many businesses find their 1st emissions inventory more work than expected.
  • Lack of internal expertise: Most businesses do not have any previous experience managing greenhouse gas emissions and may find it somewhat challenging to get started.
  • Motivating employees: Employees are key drivers of the GHG management program.
  • Integration of GHG management into decision-making processes: A GHG management program that is not integrated into daily operations and decision-making processes will often compete with other priorities and will ultimately be less successful.
  • Ongoing monitoring and adjustment: As with any strategic initiative, ongoing monitoring and adjustment are necessary to ensure the GHG program can adapt and change with current situations.

Engaging employees with David Suzuki's Nature Challenge

David Suzuki's Nature Challenge at Work program was designed to help employees bring sustainability into their workplace.

It contains engaging activities to motivate staff, promote team-building and increase communications across departments. These activities can tie in with your company's overall GHG management plan and include:

  • reducing energy use in the office
  • creating a smart transportation plan for staff
  • developing a green procurement policy

Find out more
Read the Doing Business in a New Climate (PDF, 5.72 MB).

Source: David Suzuki Foundation website