Seven steps of the quick guide

The quick guide's seven steps

The following is a brief introduction to the seven key steps for preparing a targeted and efficient climate strategy focusing on reducing CO2 and other greenhouse gases.


Step 1: Get management commitment

The first step towards a successful and effective climate strategy is getting the management's commitment.


Step 2: Appointing a party to be responsible for climate issues

Find a person who wants to be in charge of the climate efforts and even establish an interdisciplinary working group responsible for writing and implementing your climate strategy.


Step 3: Analysing company climate impact

Calculate your company’s emission of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Use the Climate Compass’:


> Carbon Calculator


Step 4: Setting CO2 emission targets

It may be wise to set quantitative targets for how much you intend to reduce your CO2 emissions if you already have an idea of by how much you can reduce them. Read more:


> Reduction targets


Step 5: Preparing an action plan

The most important part of your climate strategy is an action plan. An action plan is a tool for managing and structuring the work to meet the climate targets set. The action plan describes any specific measures you intend to launch. You can limit CO2 emissions in many ways, so you may have to prioritise. For inspiration, check the industry-specific check lists and the Climate Compass:


> Reducing emissions


When you decide which areas to prioritise, it is relevant to discuss:


• where can we achieve the greatest CO2 reductions?

• have we already invested in buildings or energy-consuming equipment

where we can incorporate energy savings?

• what is the price of our measures and how much can we save?

• what is the repayment period if we invest in something new?

• what do our customers and investors expect?

• what would result in positive press?


Step 6: Implementing the climate strategy

The action plan has to be implemented. To ensure that your initiatives are implemented properly, you may consider:


• listing individual targets or targets for individual departments

• introducing bonus schemes for energy efficiency improvements

• recognising employees or departments doing a special effort in the climate

area (appointing the most climate-conscious employee or celebrate a

successfully implemented initiative)

• arranging in-house competitions between departments on how much

energy they can save

• increasing employee knowledge about climate at after-work home

meetings or by arranging presentations from external experts


> Get advice and guidance on how to prepare a targeted communications strategy.


Step 7: Evaluating implementation

Once you have launched all your climate initiatives, you may want to check whether you have succeeded in reducing CO2 emissions. Follow up your progress regularly. Revise the action plan every six months and assess whether your targets should be adjusted.

På Klimakompasset kan du få inspiration til at udarbejde en klimastrategi, som kan reducere din virksomheds udledning af CO2 og andre drivhusgasser.