Guide to business climate action

Step 3: Assess your impact

In order to improve your energy and environmental performance, you must first understand where you are starting. You may already have data sources for some indicators such as utility bills or financial statements. If not, you should begin collecting and storing this data.

Next, establish targets and timelines for improvement. Target setting is a proven method for driving action, and timelines ensure that momentum towards your goals is not lost. Your targets should be quantified, time-bound, and ambitious yet attainable.

These tools and resources will help you assess and benchmark your performance in energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and other indicators of your environmental performance.

Tools & Resources

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Supply Chain Webinar Series

Supply chains hold the key to achieving your sustainability goals. Assessing the full environmental impacts of your supply chain and addressing the risks and capitalizing on opportunities is a business imperative – but can also be a major challenge. This three-part webinar series offered by CDP shows what steps you can take to progress on your sustainable procurement journey.

Measuring and Valuing Environmental Impacts

Navigate the decision-making process to manage environmental impacts like a pro.

Author: Network for Business Sustainability Type: Report

How the B Impact Assessment and SDG Action Manager Can Help Businesses Plan and Measure Progress

Launched in January 2020, the SDG Action Manager incorporates B Lab’s B Impact Assessment to provide direction so businesses can lead by reshaping their practices and using their collective voice to make progress on the SDGs in the next decade. This FAQ article outlines where the B Impact Assessment and SDG Action Manager differ or overlap, and how businesses can best employ each tool.

SDG Action Manager

This impact management solution enables businesses worldwide to set goals, track progress, and stay motivated on their actions toward the  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth by the United Nations.  The SDG Action Manager was developed in partnership by B Lab and the United Nations Global Compact along with other content advisers. This demo video is also available.

Author: B Corporation, United Nations Global Compact Type: Tool

Encore Natural Capital Risk Assessor

Enable organizations to understand, assess and integrate natural capital related risks into their existing risk management processes. Associated step-by-step guide for the tool.

Author: Natural Capital Finance Alliance, PwC Type: Tool

Sense Home Energy Monitor

Sense installs in your home’s electrical panel and provides insight into your energy use and home activity through our iOS, Android, and web apps.

Type: Tool

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Compass

Provides guide and tools for organizations to: align their business strategies, identify indicators, and measure and manage their progress towards the realization of SDG goals.

Author: UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Type: Guide, Template, Tool

Robo Energy Advisor (REA)

Cloud software platform to continually manage your energy consumption and equipment data to discover insights into your building that rapidly lead to energy reduction opportunities and low risk asset decisions.

Author: CoEng Advisors Inc. Type: Tool

Low Carbon Skills Building Series

Learn and develop skills and knowledge on low carbon building projects and life-cycle assessment tools in this video series presented by Evergreen Brick Works.

Author: Evergreen Brick Works Type: Video

EcoCalculator

For almost any construction project, residential or commercial, the EcoCalculator does a thorough impact assessment of any building project and gives a detailed picture of the projects’ footprint. Formatted in an Excel workbook, the EcoCalculator does a throrough life-cycle assessment of all materials used in a project and the results show the fossil fuel energy used and associated impacts.

Author: Athena Sustainable Materials Institute Type: Tool

RETScreen

RETScreen is a Clean Energy Management Software system for energy efficiency, renewable energy and cogeneration project feasibility analysis as well as ongoing energy performance analysis.

RETScreen empowers professionals and decision-makers to rapidly identify, assess and optimize the technical and financial viability of potential clean energy projects. This decision intelligence software platform also allows managers to easily measure and verify the actual performance of their facilities and helps find additional energy savings/production opportunities.

Author: Natural Resources Canada Type: Tool

Carbon Emissions Calculator

A simple tool to calculate the carbon emissions impact of using utilities, cars, flights and buses.

Author: Carbon Zero Type: Tool

Employee Commute Survey Example

This sample employee commute survey can be used to create a baseline for current employee commuting behaviour.

Author: Clean Air Partnership Type: Checklist, Template, Tool

Energy Savings Toolbox – An Energy Audit Manual and Tool

A comprehensive step-by-step guide on conducting energy audits in the industrial sector, with energy analysis methods and supplementary technical backgrounders on energy-consuming systems.

Author: Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation Type: Checklist, Guide, White paper

Sustainability How-to Guide: Carbon Footprint

This guide provides process tools for monitoring building-related carbon emissions, presenting the GHG emission inventory process, discussing best practices and benchmarking, and explaining climate action planning and reporting procedure.

Author: International Facility Management Association Type: Case study, Guide, Report

Sustainability How-To Guide: EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

This guide explains energy terminology, how to use Portfolio Manager and generate an ENERGY STAR® score. The resource also helps readers evaluate facility performance while identifying potential energy-saving measures to improve overall efficiency.

Author: International Facility Management Association Type: Case study, Guide

Sustainability How-to Guide: Measuring and Monitoring

This guide has been designed to assist FMs in understanding how to establish a measuring and monitoring program by discussing investigation and documentation processes used to ensure optimized efficiency and performance throughout an organization.

Author: International Facility Management Association Type: Case study, Guide

Sustainability ROI Workbook

This guided excel spreadsheet helps users to evaluate the return on investment and other financial metrics to build a case for sustainability related projects in the workplace

Author: Sustainability Advantage Type: Guide, Template, Tool

The Wild West of Measuring Corporate Sustainability

4 resources for measuring and reporting sustainability strategies

Author: Stanford Social Innovation Review Type: Article

How to measure your environmental impact at work: Electricity

The Green Team ROI Tracker, True Impact’s latest web-based measurement tool, helps calculate the impact of employee-led sustainability projects. This series provides step-by-step instructions for how you can measure the impact of your own Green Team initiatives, using frameworks embedded in the ROI Tracker.

Measuring environmental impact

To implement an environmental sustainability strategy, you must measure the environmental impact of your organization. The first step is to collect environmental data about critical workplace assets, including energy consumption and emissions data.

Sustainability How-to Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to Waste Stream Management

This guide presents a multifaceted approach to waste reduction that entails both resource and waste stream management. Life cycle assessment is discussed along with environmentally preferred purchasing programs and cost-efficient disposal methods.

Author: International Facility Management Association Type: Case study, Guide

Impact Assessment: Corporate Sustainability 2.0

Article on the need for measuring the impact of sustainability initiatives.

Author: Stanford Social Innovation Review Type: Article

Sustainability How-To Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to Water Conservation

This guide provides instructions to help facility managers benchmark, evaluate and reduce water consumption, defining domestic, processed and outdoor water types and explaining strategies to reduce each.

Author: International Facility Management Association Type: Case study, Guide

Sustainability How-to Guide: Engaging Occupants in Your Sustainability Program

This guide introduces facility professionals and sustainability managers to the opportunities and benefits of engaging occupants and tenants in their initiatives, and provides a step by step approach for designing, implementing and measuring the impact of an occupant engagement program to achieve positive behavior changes.

Author: International Facility Management Association Type: Guide

Sustainability How-to Guide: Getting Started

This guide details implementation strategy for sustainable FM programs in existing buildings, providing direction to assess the organization, identify initiatives to determine their value, and implement, measure and monitor program effectiveness.

Author: International Facility Management Association Type: Guide

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®

You’ve heard it before: you can’t manage what you don’t measure. That’s why EPA created ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, an online tool you can use to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings, all in a secure online environment.