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Plotting the Course

Summit's global experience in environmental sustainability will help you navigate the complex maze of regulations and market conditions. Whether your sustainability program spans across continents or just across the hall, Summit can help you chart a safe course.

How will you get there?

Finding the on-ramp and off-ramp.

Once you know where you are and where you are headed, you can plot the course. Summit's team works closely with you to craft a Sustainability Roadmap to ensure that you have mapped out every mile. This roadmap includes checkpoints to evaluate your progress allowing you to communicate the destination and your estimated time of arrival to everyone who will be along for the ride.

Sustainability Roadmap Document

Sustainability Roadmap
Summit works with companies to establish a customized Sustainability Roadmap or strategic plan for sustainability initiatives. The Sustainability Exchange and the GreenProfiler™ provide foundational understandings of your organization's unique profile. Summit's Sustainability team combines that perspective with our knowledge of the marketplace to build a Sustainability Roadmap, which includes customized recommendations for your organization.

Summit builds an organization's Sustainability Roadmap with five key steps in view:

  • Develop strategy - building a new one or updating the current one
  • Identify baseline - having a verifiable emissions comparison point
  • Prioritize options - weighing impact of all potential steps to be taken
  • Optimize activities - the blocking and tackling of meaningful reductions and initiatives
  • Communicate results - plan for what we will say, to whom and how often

For example, your Sustainability Roadmap may dictate the following:

  • Corporate sustainability organizational structure
  • Specific reduction targets (see below)
  • Key performance metrics to track such as GHGs
  • Life-cycle analysis (LCA) initiatives
  • Energy efficiency measures
  • Water conservation techniques
  • Renewable energy investments
  • Carbon trading strategies

We will help you assess global markets - many of which are ripe with opportunity - so that your organization can take advantage of various sustainability incentives and avoid higher than average unit costs by implementing conservation measures. Moreover, we will lead the process of developing a documented, executable corporate plan that will dictate how your organization administers its programs and touts its results.

Setting Reduction Targets
If sustainability is a journey, then reduction targets are the mile markers along the way. Reduction targets are those points along the road that tell us if we are progressing in the right direction, making good time, in a cost-effective way. Reduction targets within most corporate sustainability programs will focus on one or all of the following categories:

Reduction Targets - Energy, Water, Carbon, Waste

Some companies elect to use absolute targets, and some conclude that indexed targets are more appropriate. Some absolute targets might relate to total usage or emissions, while indexed targets will often track usage against an operational metric such as production, sales or square footage. Summit's team of sustainability professionals can help establish targets, as well as provide thorough data capture and emissions reporting, allowing you to know, at any moment, where you are in your journey. This ability to put your finger on your corporate footprint at any time is essential for providing accurate and timely reporting to stakeholders, whether they are customers, regulators, shareholders, or watchdog groups. This places heightened importance on having comprehensive emissions data management processes in place.

Plan : Global Data Mgmt