ESG in Your PMO: Building Environmental Considerations into Your Projects

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ESG in Your PMO: Building Environmental Considerations into Your Projects

Your project management office (PMO) needs to build environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into its core. Here, we’re going to be focussing on the first of these and talking about building environmental considerations into your projects.

  • What environmental issues can arise in a project
  • Understanding the environmental impact of a project
  • How your PMO can directly impact the environment
  • Bringing a green focus to your projects

What environmental impact does a project have?

Every project — like everything else in life — affects the world around us. Global warming and waste management are two pressing issues of our time, and we all have a moral obligation to reduce our impact. It also makes good business sense.

  • Power consumption during the project and of the deliverable — using blockchain technology may come with an environmental impact, for example.
  • The carbon footprint of items — while it may be cheaper to source components for a manufacturing project from China, for example, there is a lot of carbon expended on the import.
  • Recyclability and sustainability — are the end product and/or packaging recyclable? Is it built to last a long time and not need replacing or repairing unreasonably often?

How do I assess the environmental impact of projects?

You need to revisit all the frameworks and documentation used throughout the project lifecycle to build in environmental considerations. You need to be looking at:

  • Environmental vs financial costs — you will need to decide as a PMO and across the business what level of cost increase is acceptable to reduce environmental impacts and ensure the calculation is built into decision-making processes.
  • Risk management — laws and regulations about environmental protection need to be taken into account when assessing project risks, so ensure that it’s a point to be considered in risk assessment frameworks.
  • Procurement — in the process of procuring goods and services for projects, you can ensure that environmental issues such as distance travelled and the environmental impact of production is taken into account.

How can my PMO directly affect the environment?

Along with making sure that every project has a green focus, there are things you can do within your PMO to have a positive environmental impact.

What do I need to change to bring this green focus to my projects?

To achieve this change in focus for your PMO, you can make small changes that will highlight the importance of the environment all the way through the project.

The environment and project management

Environmental project management is a whole specialisation in and of itself, but that shouldn’t stop every project from having an eye on protecting the planet. Building environmental considerations into your projects should be part of a wider ESG effort to boost the project and the business overall.

Related Posts:

ESG in Your PMO: Refocussing on Good Governance in Project Management
ESG in Your PMO: Understanding the Social Impacts of Your Projects
What Does ESG Mean for Your Project Management Office?
ESG in Your PMO: 5 Reasons It’s Important to Build into Your Projects
ESG in Your PMO: How to Set and Report ESG KPIs for Projects
ESG in Your PMO: 5 Steps to Embed ESG into Your Projects

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Pm Majik

Pm Majik

Evangelist of the Project Management Office (PMO)