Climate Neutrality - Challenges and Opportunities
NEXT DATES: To be defined shortly

Context:

What is carbon neutrality, climate neutrality, net-zero and climate-positive? Is it all the same or are they different concepts? How can calculating the carbon footprint makes it easier for businesses? And how can they avoid, quantify, reduce, offset and neutralise emissions? What are the critical/key points on the path to climate neutrality and/or net-zero? In recent years there have been several relevant events: the Paris Agreement; the launch of the Science-Based Targets Initiative; the implementation of the Directive 2014/95/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council (disclosure of non-financial information); the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (particularly goal 13: Climate action); and the National Roadmap for Carbon Neutrality that have been triggering a growing pressure on Governments, Companies and Citizens to advocate real and concrete actions. Increasingly, companies are being asked to communicate and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The concept of climate neutrality and/or net-zero, as well as offset and neutralisation of emissions, are words increasingly present in our day-to-day jargon. It is therefore necessary to understand and comprehend in detail all the steps leading to climate neutrality and/or net-zero, as well as its challenges and opportunities.

Main Goals

  • Know the concepts of carbon neutrality, climate, net-zero and climate-positive: measure, avoid, reduce, offset, and neutralise emissions.
  • To better understand why these concepts are currently relevant and the motivation for companies to apply human and financial effort in this matter.
  • The importance of knowing/calculating the Carbon Footprint:
    • Know the different existing regulations;
    • The importance of correctly defining the boundaries for calculating the carbon footprint;
    • The growing importance of knowledge of emissions associated with the different categories of scope 3.
  • Understand how the carbon footprint is calculated, including a detailed understanding of scope 1, 2 and 3, which greenhouse gases to include and where emission factors and other calculation parameters can be found.
  • Understand the key challenges inherent in calculating the carbon footprint.
  • Understanding the approach to emission reductions with the different methods for setting reduction targets, the importance of plan and management structure for implementation and monitoring of targets.
  • Know the types of offset projects, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of one over the other; how and where to acquire credits to offset emissions; and the problems associated with offset.
  • To better understand the challenges and difficulties in the process of implementing the concept of carbon neutrality, climate neutrality, net-zero and climate-positive in the Organisation, including practical examples of what can go wrong and how to avoid problems.

Contents

Day 1: 4 hours

  • Part 1 | Introduction and Background: History; Motivation
  • Part 2 | Carbon Footprint Concept:
    • Greenhouse gases (What are they, global warming potential, most common emission sources, CO2vs. CO2 equivalent);
    • Organisational boundaries (concept and examples);
    • Operational boundaries (concept and examples): scope 1, 2 and 3
  • Part 3 | Q&A Session and Exercise
  • Part 4 | Carbon Footprint Concept: Standards for Carbon Footprint Calculation
  • Part 5 | Carbon Footprint Concept: Activity Data and Emission Factors
  • Part 6 | Q&A Session and Exercise
  • Part 7 | Homework

Day 2: 3 hours

  • Part 8 | Homework Solution
  • Part 9 | Challenges to calculating the carbon footprint
  • Part 10 | Climate neutrality, Carbon neutrality, Net-zero, Climate positive:
    • “New vocabulary” vs Concepts;
    • Reduction of emissions;
    • Offsetting vs. neutralising emissions
    • Typologies of Offsetting
    • Examples of companies that have already made commitments regarding this matter

Suitable for

  • This training is aimed at people who do not have an in-depth knowledge of the issues addressed here OR who want to update knowledge already acquired
  • Sustainability, Corporate Affairs, Communication, Environmental Management, Risk Control, among others
  • Employees involved in Energy/Carbon/Climate issues

Dates

  • To be defined shortly

Trainers

Aleksandra Drewko

Carbon Expert

Catarina Furtado

Project Manager

Value & Format

  • On site: 1 day from 9:00am to 6:00pm – 350€ (plus VAT at the current legal rate). Includes training material digital format, lunches and coffee-breakes.
  • Online: 2 consecutive days – Day1 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm | Day 2 from 9:00am to 12:00am
  • Intra-company: adapted to the needs of your company. Please contact us for more information

Discount Policy

10% discount for: 2 or more participants from the same organization; Stravillia clients; APEA, BCSD, GRACE associates and B Corp companies.