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The Zeigo Guide: Part Two

Strategize Your Decarbonization Summit

ICYMI: Read The Zeigo Guide, Part One here.

Let’s move from planning to action! You’ve taken the bold step to embark on this journey, and now it’s crucial to strategize your approach. Picture us trekking through a steep, snowy path, braving each gust of freezing wind – that’s the resilience and determination your company must embody as it strides toward its sustainability goals. The path may seem intimidating, but with preparation, unwavering determination, and expert guidance, the pinnacle of corporate sustainability is not just a dream, but an achievable reality.

Step 1: Mapping the Terrain – Conducting a Sustainability Assessment

Before you take your first step up Everest, you need a solid understanding of the terrain, a map and a compass. In the world of sustainability, this means conducting a thorough assessment of where your company currently stands. This involves collecting and analyzing data on your company’s emissions – known as Scope 1 (direct emissions from your operations) and Scope 2 (indirect emissions, like those from purchased electricity). Think of this phase as laying out your route on the map, giving you a clear picture of the climb ahead. If you’re unfamiliar with the Scopes, check out our blogs:

Step 2: Setting Realistic Goals – Establishing Your Sustainability Base Camp

Just as climbers set up base camps to prepare and acclimate themselves for the ascent, your company must establish realistic sustainability goals. Deciding on these goals might feel as precarious as navigating Everest’s infamous Khumbu Icefall. You might ask:

  • Should we immediately switch to 100% renewable energy?
  • Is reducing our emissions in half by 2030 a strong yet achievable target?
  • How can we align our goals with Science-Based Targets for a credible approach?
  • Would setting a carbon-neutral milestone fit into our strategy the best?

By anchoring your goals in science and industry standards, you ensure that your aspirations are both ambitious and achievable. If you are interested in how to get started setting realistic goals, a good first step is to join the Zeigo Network, where there’s a wealth of educational material of decarbonization goals, planning and taking action.

Step 3: The Climb – Plotting Your Strategy

As you begin your ascent, you’ll face crucial decision points that determine your path to the summit. In sustainability, this is where you plot your strategy for reducing emissions and optimizing energy use. Much like a mountaineer chooses between paths on a mountain, you must decide on the best routes to decarbonization.

Consider both your direct and indirect emissions and investigate energy management optimization and resource efficiency as part of your strategy. It’s about making the most of what you have and ensuring that you can sustain your journey without unnecessarily draining your resources.

An image of Mt Everest showing how Zeigo's software suite can help you climb to the summit.

Final Thoughts: Reaching the Summit Together

Remember, scaling Mount Everest requires not only the right strategy and determination but also experienced guides to lead the way. In your journey toward decarbonization, think of us as your Sherpas, here to guide and support you every step of the way.

By undertaking this journey, you’re not just aiming to reach a personal summit for your company; you’re setting a benchmark for others in your industry, inspiring them to embark on their own sustainability expeditions. Just like the climbers who leave flags on Everest’s peak, your achievements in sustainability will leave a lasting mark, showing the world that reaching the summit of corporate sustainability is not only possible but essential.

So, lace up your boots, and let’s take that first step together towards a sustainable future. The path may be challenging, but the view from the top is worth every effort. Together, we’ll reach new heights in corporate sustainability.