|April 04, 2009|
The Business Case for Low Carbon Investments
| The U.K.-based Carbon Trust has developed a useful how-to-guide to help facilities managers, works engineers and environmental managers make an effective business case for investment in low carbon projects. |
The guide, Making the Business Case for a Carbon Reduction Project, is based on research conducted amongst senior executives who have provided valuable insight into what decision makers are looking for when considering whether to invest in a project.
Developed in response to requests for further advice and support, the guide covers the process of securing investment from start to finish and logically works through the steps of gathering data and evidence, building the case (including considerations of finance and risk), drafting the proposal, presenting it and then maintaining momentum.
Hugh Jones, Director of Solutions, Carbon Trust said: "For any business there is a finite pool of resource, and the first priority for any investment will be to drive the business forward. It is therefore vital for managers to be able to make a compelling and robust business case for their low-carbon project which stacks up against other business priorities and which clearly articulates the ROI."
The guide highlights the common mistakes made when presenting a business case including using unexplained jargon or unambiguous terms, failing to indentify and deal with risk factors, not using the appropriate financial appraisal methods and not giving a single clear recommendation.
The guide is launched alongside a new online resource that helps a business through each step of planning a project. Areas covered are:
The Carbon Trust