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Why you should take this step

Going carbon neutral requires a wide range of expertise – from greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting, carbon reduction and renewable energy options, to carbon offsetting. Each workstream is a discipline in its own right! External partners can help you streamline going carbon neutral, allowing you to spend more time on other crucial components, such as engagement (see Step 5).

Benefits of appointing an external partner

  • Experience and expertise
  • Outside view
  • Additional ‘hands on deck’
  • Mentoring and training
  • External validation of your achievement

Where to look

A quick search online will reveal the wide range of partners available! Climate consultancies often attend sustainability conferences, so use this opportunity to meet potential partners. Before selecting a partner, understand their service offer, technical capability and working style. Specialized climate consultancies can support your full program, or different partners can take on specific workstreams. If your pledge is ambitious, consider a partner who has worked with other ambitious companies.
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Finding the right partner can feel like navigating through a jungle! Your choice of partner should ultimately be determined by what you are able (or want) to do yourself and which activities you need help with.

Qualities partners can be measured on

  • Expertise and experience
  • Carbon offset portfolios
  • Responsiveness
  • Global coverage
  • Cost

Consider your needs

There is a somewhat blurry pool of consultancies that claim to be experts in the full range of climate action programs. In reality, most agencies will be strong in one or two areas, and they may work with partners to cover the rest. As your carbon neutrality drive matures and grows, you may require different types of external support. Take a few moments to assess your current needs.

Reflection point

Can you construct your carbon footprint yourself?

Do you have in-house experts to lead your emission reduction efforts?

Is your in-house team ready and able to switch to renewable energy?

Do you need support with selecting carbon credits?

Do you want your partner to proactively help develop your program?

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Your external partner’s organizational culture and way of working are almost as important as their technical credentials. Speaking directly to one of their existing clients may be the best way to find out if their approach meets your expectations.
The LM Wind Power way

How we found our partner

When we decided to go carbon neutral, we knew we’d need additional expertise to reach our goal. We also knew we wanted to keep the setup for managing and developing our program as simple as possible. We ran an elaborate Request for Quotation process, scoring three potential partners on various criteria including their range of expertise, carbon offset portfolios, responsiveness, global coverage and, of course, cost.
The LM Wind Power way

How we worked together

Our selected partner assisted us on the four main workstreams in our carbon neutrality program: GHG accounting, internal reductions, renewable energy and carbon offsetting. We also relied on their expertise for frequent questions on technical queries, such as calculating emission reductions at a specific site and for reviewing claims in our carbon neutrality publications. To keep all activities aligned, we benefited from a single point of contact on the consultant’s side who had the full overview of our collaboration.

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