As the pace of climate change is accelerating, so too is our understanding of the factors driving this change. At the core of problem are the emissions and other human activities that are changing the heat balance of the earth, measured as “radiative forcing.” We now know it is possible to get ahead of dangerous climate disruption and temperature rise by managing this excess heat. Every company, organization and government jurisdiction has a vital role to play to effectively address the near-term climate crisis before 2030, and contribute to a sustainable climate future.
Radiative Forcing Management (RFM) provides the tools companies, organizations and government jurisdictions need to have the greatest positive impact on our climate. These tools include far more accurate climate footprints than ever before, greater clarity about the scale of solutions required to achieve climate stability before critical temperature thresholds are crossed, and a substantially increased range of options for achieving climate neutrality.
What makes RFM so powerful as a climate management tool is the truly comprehensive scope of radiative forcing accounting. This accounting is based on the very latest climate and environmental science, covering all emissions and factors contributing to climate change as well as determining co-benefits and adverse trade-offs. It covers:
RFM provides numerous benefits to companies, organizations, and government jurisdictions, extending well beyond traditional climate services. Some of these benefits include:
What is the goal of Radiative Forcing Management?
The goal is twofold – to address the near-term climate emergency between now and 2030, and to set the world on a path toward a sustainable climate future. Note that the IPCC has concluded we may exceed the Paris Agreement temperature target anomaly of 1.5°C as early as 2030 if we don’t begin significantly reducing the excess heat trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere before then.
Why do we need Radiative Forcing Management?
The current approach to climate accounting is more than two decades out of date, and leaves out many of the emissions and other factors contributing to climate change. Lacking a complete accounting of the problem, it is nearly impossible to identify the scale and type of solutions needed to stabilize the climate before we cross critical thresholds. RFM solves this problem by integrating the most advanced climate science into our climate accounting and mitigation planning, and in the process, opens up whole new avenues to succeed.
We are the world’s leading authority on radiative forcing management, bringing to bear more than three decades of expertise in sustainability, climate accounting, life-cycle assessment, and third-party verification.
What is a High-Risk Region?
These are regions of the world that experiencing accelerated climate change impacts or threats. Examples include regions that are drought-prone, or subject to severe storm activity spawned by warming oceans. RFM projects may target high-risk regions to protect regional populations, resources and assets from harm.
What data are required for RFM calculations?
By and large, data used for RFM calculations are obtainable from the same data sources used to calculate carbon footprints under traditional carbon accounting protocols, as well as other readily available sources.
What is Radiative Forcing?
Radiative forcing (RF), expressed in watts per square meter (W/m2), is the change in the net radiative flux at the tropopause or top of atmosphere resulting from a change in an external driver of climate change. There are a wide range of external drivers, including greenhouse gases, particulates, aerosols, and other emissions, changes in the albedo of clouds and ground-level surfaces, and even changes in the output of the Sun. In short, RF is the common, underlying metric relevant to all anthropogenic and biogenic factors influencing the climate system.