Low Carbon Advisory
The low carbon economy is driven by a global aspiration to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon Footprint ACP’s contributions in this area cover four main areas:
- Scenario planning;
- Carbon accounting;
- Adaptation strategies;
- Mitigation measures;
Scenario planning covers strategic advisory services to clients who wish to understand how the low carbon economy may touch their business – as an opportunity or an impact and what options may be available to address these.
Carbon accounting represents the work required to understand the carbon impacts of a project – during its construction phase, in operation, or as it is decommissioned and the provision of advice on managing and reducing such impacts.
Adaptation is concerned with the resilience of an infrastructure asset so that it is able to serve its function in spite of adverse conditions. The development of risk-based adaptation strategies provides a systematic approach to considering what level of adaptation is desirable or justified.
Mitigation measures include low carbon solutions for the provision of energy – carbon capture and storage, wind, tidal, solar, biomass, biofuels and hydropower to name the most well known. A key issue for mitigation studies is the cost and potential timing of potential mitigation solutions and identifying the transition arrangements necessary for successful implementation.
Carbon Footprint ACP’s services help to assess the risks and opportunities of climate change, as well as calculating emission performance and baselines, establishing emission reduction goals and targets and developing innovative delivery strategies through carbon management.
Carbon Footprint ACP understands that development should focus on the triple bottom line: economy, society and the environment. Climate change, however, adds a new dimension to the debate on sustainable development. The core challenge of climate change is its global dimension and the serious impacts subsequently caused that have the potential to trigger social and economic crises. Water supply is jeopardized, food production expected to decline, health risks intensified and biodiversity and corresponding ecosystem services are threatened. The economic potential of many countries is adversely affected which may increase environmental migration.
The complexity of required action in the policy and regulatory domain, private sector and civil society is yet another challenge. Carbon Footprint ACP’s vision is to support national governments, institutional and private clients in adapting to the unavoidable effects of climate change on the one hand, and on the other, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests by pursuing sustainable, climate neutral development paths.