Climate Change Action Plans
Climate Change Action Plans (CCAP) explain how the signatory intends to achieve their goals by the specific target dates. Outlined within these action plans will be SMART targets – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely whilst addressing all areas of business operations and activities, including:
• energy consumption and source
• waste reduction, recycling and responsible disposal
• sustainable estate development
• sustainable travel planning
• responsible procurement of goods and services
When determining their own targets, institutions kept this broader context in mind, especially with regard to initiating emission reductions as soon as possible in order to slow down the adverse effects of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons) that can remain in the atmosphere for several centuries.
To aid the target-setting process, signatories may have developed a broad list of potential projects for avoiding or reducing GHG emissions from each of the sources included in their baseline calculation. Evaluation of these projects has allowed signatories to prioritise them based on the same criteria, therefore enabling early actions to be identified. In many cases, early actions can reduce costs and / or generate savings.