The Handbook of Carbon Management
A Step-by-Step Guide to High-Impact Climate Solutions for Every Manager in Every Function
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Every manager and every employee in every function can embed climate solutions and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This book, written by experts in the field of sustainability in business, shows you how.
The climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges we face today, and it affects all aspects of business and society. Consequently, everyone needs to know the best high impact climate solutions that can be embedded into their organisational area. In this book you will find ideas for your team, your department, and your organisation to make this a reality. We provide you with implementation plans and inspiring case studies, with practical and helpful tools that will help you to scale up climate solutions effectively and efficiently. If you are an owner of a company or an executive in any organisation, you will benefit from this step-by-step guide on how to set up your own greenhouse gas management plan, how to set targets and how to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of your whole organisation. We explain key terms such as Net Zero, carbon neutral, carbon emissions equivalents and the three scopes. In order to halve our emissions worldwide by 2030 to achieve Net Zero by 2050, individual actions on a large scale are required, but also systemic changes. We look at the bigger picture in this book and also how you could effect change.
This is the first book to offer an easy-to-implement approach to decarbonise organisations and transform societies, and is appropriate for managers at any level. This book can also be used in business schools to inspire future managers and business leaders. Last, but not least, everyone can find ideas here that they can implement in their personal lives – let’s scale up together!
Table of Contents
Part I: Net Zero and Decarbonisation: Understanding and Communicating the Basics 1. Finding Your Best Decarbonisation Pathway 2. Climate Literacy Training for All 3. Climate Communication and Reporting to Internal and External Stakeholders Part II: High-Impact Solutions: Making a Difference 4. Meetings and Transport: colleagues, customers and suppliers 5. Your Organisation’s Digital Footprint 6. Food Waste and Food for Thought 7. Estates and Facilities: building a better future 8. Procurement and Supply: pushing the boundaries to remove carbon 9. Marketing for a Better Climate 10. Pension Funds, Accounts and Other Investments Part III: Carbon Footprinting: Introducing Greenhouse Gas Management for the Whole Organisation 11. Understanding Greenhouse Gas Management: scopes and boundaries for carbon footprinting 12. Carbon Accounting: why what you measure matters! 13. Setting science-based targets - the right approach for your business organisation? 14. Strategy, Policies and Practices for Carbon Management Part IV: The Road to Net Zero: Making it a Reality 15. Team Humanity on the Road to Net Zero: will you make it happen?
Petra Molthan-Hill, PhD, is Professor of Sustainable Management and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, and Co-Chair of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Working Group on Climate change and Environment. Molthan-Hill is an international multi-award-winning expert for Climate Change Mitigation Tools, Greenhouse Gas Management and ESD and leads the ‘Carbon Literacy Training for Educators, Communities, Organisations and Students’ (CLT-ECOS) distributed worldwide. She is the editor of The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management and of Storytelling for Sustainability in Higher Education: An Educator's Handbook and led the Green Academy at NTU from 2013–2021.
Fiona Winfield is the School Employability Manager at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, and is a Senior Fellow HEA. Before moving into academia, she spent a decade in sales and marketing in the construction industry. She is involved with Young Enterprise and Enactus, is a Green Gown Award winner (for linking Employability to Sustainability) and a member of the Chartered Management Institute. At NTU, she is part of the Sustainable Development Academic Forum, and the Sustainability task group within Employability.
Richard Howarth is Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. He is Assistant Course Leader for BA (Hons) Marketing and works closely with organisations and professional bodies (such as the CIM and MRS) to enhance the employability and work-place impacts of students and graduates. He is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Marketing Department. His research interests are related to marketer competences, Education for Sustainable Development, responsible marketer behaviour, sustainability and employability and related learning and teaching interventions.
Muhammad Mazhar is Senior Lecturer in Sustainability at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. He is also the Sustainability Coordinator of the Business School, aiming to help embed sustainability in teaching, research, operational and partnership activities. By background, he is a Civil Engineer having B.E. in Civil Engineering and MSc. in Construction Management. He holds a PhD in Sustainability and Carbon Management. His interest is in sustainability, energy & carbon management, education for sustainable development and low carbon smart cities.
"Climate change is the existential issue of our age, but with many struggling for guidance this book is a useful and accessible guide to practical actions organisations can take around carbon literacy, reporting and projects to reduce their footprint."
Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times
"A carbon constrained future is inevitable. For businesses it is a question of competitiveness and survival. This Handbook is a true treasure chest, providing guidance for how to go about it. A must read for executives and practitioners!"
Georg Kell, Founder and former Executive Director, the United Nations Global Compact; Chairman, Arabesque Partners
"This is a refreshingly practical handbook for the many leaders, at all levels, who want to put their organisations in greater service of people and planet – but who don’t know how. The clear focus on solutions rings loud."
Paul Polman, Business leader, campaigner and co-author of Net Positive
"A bold resource for contemporary business leaders, this specific yet thorough guide shows how every business can reduce its carbon emissions now and thrive on green energy in the long run."
Rae André, Professor, Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School of Business; author of Lead for the Planet: Five Practices for Confronting Climate Change
"Finally, a book I have been waiting for. Changing a company’s strategy and an individual’s mindset on transferring into a sustainable business and behaviour is a complex project. This book gives you well-structured guidelines and covers all required aspects for a considered approach. There is no Planet B – with this book you can get started."
Marc Oliver Nissen, Director, LinkedIn Talent Solutions, Germany
"Governments, businesses, and universities don’t act, people do. The Handbook of Carbon Management empowers employees across industries to incorporate climate solutions in the way we live and work."
Elena Crete, Head of Climate & Energy Program, UN SDSN
"Climate literacy, as illustrated in this book, has become critical knowledge not only for the leaders in organisations to drive the necessary change, but also for those affected by the change to understand the bigger picture, and therefore improve the likelihood of a successful transformation of the organisation."
Joris-Johann Lenssen, Project Lead Business & Society, ZiviZ im Stifterverband (Berlin); Former Managing Director of ABIS – The Academy of Business in Society (Brussels)
"This book highlights the importance of effective communication when it comes to climate change, and how marketing is key to changing the course we are on. From educating and raising awareness to shaping new behaviours, both internally and externally, the skillsets of marketers cannot be underestimated."
Gemma Butler, Marketing Director, CIM
"The Handbook of Carbon Management does an excellent job in arguing the case for the rapid reform that is so desperately needed if we are to respond successfully to the chronic and catastrophic climate collapse that is taking place all around us."
Andy Agathangelou, Founder, Transparency Task Force
"The most frequent question I get asked in my work is not 'Shall we act on climate?' but 'What should we do?' Having such a comprehensive overview of the best actions that people and organisations can undertake is a really valuable addition to the resources we all need to tackle the climate crisis."
Phil Korbel, Co-Founder & Director of Advocacy, Carbon Literacy Project
"If you think that climate change is too abstract for you to do anything about it, read this book. This handbook provides a rich resource of concrete inspiration about climate change and how anyone working in an organization can contribute. The book analyses the urgent need for all of us to act and it admirably guides us how to act. This is a book with a clear ambition to have societal impact."
Dr Mette Morsing, Head of PRME Principles for Responsible Management Education, United Nations Global Compact
"This book is an excellent resource to raise awareness of carbon management. It is essential for all who teach or study any function of business and management, including accounting, banking and finance, supply chain management, marketing and communications, human resource management, strategy and leadership. It provides practical solutions for organisations and individuals to bring about true systemic change in carbon management."
Professor Liz Crolley, Chair of QAA Review of Subject Benchmark Statements for Business and Management
"This handbook provides inspiration for current and future leaders with actionable steps they can take to implement climate solutions in their work. It is therefore invaluable not only for practitioners, but also students and researchers, potentially benefitting an organisation’s financial situation, as well as the environment."
Stephen Snider, Sustainable Finance Lead, Oikos International
"Whether you’re new to Carbon Management or have experience in the area, this concisely written book offers you the overview and knowledge you need to take some concrete, practical steps towards reducing your organisation’s climate impact."
Richard Holmes, MEI, MIEMA, C.Env., Carbon Management Consultant & Trainer
"This handbook is a must read for everybody who wants to tackle the climate crisis in their workplace. By taking us step by step through the thinking and action needed to embed solutions in strategy and operations, it helps to make sense of the complex, interrelated nature of the change at hand, so we can all turn ambition into impact."
Gudrun Cartwright, Climate Action Director, BiTC
"This book provides a most useful resource and reference for anyone motivated to address the most pressing threat to the quality of life on our planet. It positively contributes to the process of change needed to generate the paradigm shift in human activity that is urgently required."
Colin Crawford, CMLI - Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute
"We are living at a time when a fast-growing part of humanity is realizing the havoc our current approaches deal on our livelihood – clients, consumers, investors, politicians, and employees alike. Urgently needed, this handbook provides practical advice on high impact climate solutions that any manager in any organisation can implement to avoid the worst and move towards a positive future."
Klemens Höppner, CFA, CESFi, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Mindful Finance Institute
"The Handbook of Carbon Management is the book for any manager to get on the right track in reducing their organisation’s carbon impact with its simple and smart quick wins, contributing to a much-needed change from Day 1."
Favian Munday- Alvarado, Project Manager (Toulouse), Graduate in Architecture (Mexico) and Sustainable Building (France)