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Roadmaps : What is it ?

  • Action plan
  • Methodology
  • Process

What is a roadmap co-constructed with the Climate Action Accelerator? It is a strategic plan that defines goals and desired outcomes, including the solutions and actions needed to make it happen. One outcome in particular? Halving emissions by 2030. A roadmap is not a set of guidelines with no follow-through, instead, and most importantly, a roadmap is not a declaration of intent, but a passage to action.

Co-constructing a roadmap

Building a roadmap with the Climate Action Accelerator is an exercise done in collective intelligence with the direct participation of different stakeholders within an organisation, and normally lasts between 6 and 12 months. With the carbon footprint measurement taking place in parallel, the roadmap methodology is a collaborative 5-step process driven by workshops and consultations:  


State of affairs

Call for proposals

Feasibility study

Objectives and targets

Trajectory modeling

In the end, a list of solutions is selected, corresponding to the main levers of the organisation, according to their environmental impact, the effort required to deploy them and their compatibility with the organisation’s activities. In order to gain efficiency, some of these solutions are identified as priorities to avoid dispersion on too many symbolic actions, while integrating solutions that promote staff engagement and ownership of the issues.  

A roadmap also includes an assessment of the human, technical and financial resources required to implement the solutions and actions identified. 

A process of continuous improvement

There is a certain humility inherent in a process of continuous learning and experimentation.  

A partnership with the Climate Action Accelerator is a long-term collaborative project that is guided by a pursuit of continuous improvement and upward convergence. As part of a global community of practice with other service organisations and civil-society actors, the Accelerator fosters cross-sector fertilisation and mutual learning between its partners, and equips this community with open-source generic tools to accelerate the low carbon transition.

For the aid sector, our initial sector, the following adapted tools will be made available to improve measurement and facilitate implementation of solutions and decision-making.

  • An emissions measurement and monitoring tool

  • An inventory of solutions

  • A database of emission factors

  • A generic roadmap

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