Evaluate, tell your story, and do it again
So now you have done everything you set out to do, you have taken a giant step towards climate neutrality, and you can just sit back and wait for the rest of the world to follow your lead? Well no, not really. You have taken the first essential step, and you have every right to be pleased that you have. But there’s still a long and winding road ahead on the way to a truly climate-neutral life. You have made a start. You now have to assess what you have managed to do so far, to tell people about it, and then to carry on, only this time more effectively.
Evaluate your progress
The obvious reason for evaluating what you have managed to achieve is to make sure you do better next time round. The chances of improving on your performance will be much higher if you know what that performance amounted to. So you owe it to yourself to make an honest appraisal of what you have done. You also owe it to everyone else to let them know of your success (and your mistakes too: they should be given the chance to avoid wasting effort in the ways that you have probably done). It bears repeating: working towards climate neutrality is important not just for what you do yourself, but for the way it shows other people what they can do.
Whether you are an individual, business, city administration or country, evaluation starts with the obvious step of counting by how much you have actually reduced your GHG emissions. But you will want to count the cost of the reductions as well, so you can see how to make the biggest and most effective cuts. At the same time, count how much your GHG cuts have saved you. Luckily, you have already prepared the ground for counting your emissions earlier in the process, and this re-assessment of progress made since the first analysis will take much less time and effort.
And make sure to factor in both direct and indirect benefits. You will have saved energy and reduced your GHG emissions, and you will probably have saved money as well – or, at least, made an investment which will