Responsible operations 2016

In 2015/16 we reduced our organisational carbon footprint by 12 per cent.

IIED senior researcher Diane Archer gives a presentation at CBA10 in Bangladesh in April (Photo: ICCCAD, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

This year saw a 12 per cent reduction in our organisational carbon footprint, reflecting a significant reduction in our air travel emissions. 

There were eight per cent fewer flights than last year, and a 15 per cent drop in the length of trips – this highlights how much the location of our work has a direct effect on our emissions (e.g. the reduction in travel distances due to the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) being held in Paris versus in Lima the previous year). 

The result is that we are still a long way under our 2.5 per cent per year reduction target for annual emissions per full-time equivalent (FTE) staff member (i.e. 7.7 tCO2e per FTE being 19 per cent under the target of 9.4 tCO2e).

We continue to maintain an ISO14001-certified environmental management system.

IIED carbon footprint*2012/132013/142014/152015/16GHG emission data in tonnes of CO2e**(Base year)   Scope 1 (direct: e.g. on-site gas heating)47302139Scope 2 (Indirect energy: e.g. electricity)68857773Scope 3 (Other indirect: e.g. travel***)841739852730Total gross emissions957854951842Average full-time equivalents (FTE)9498109110Per FTE annual emissions10.28.78.77.7% annual changen/a-15%0%-12%Target (2.5% reduction p.a. on base year)10.29.99.79.4% difference from targetn/a-12%-10%-19% * Based on our sites and the activities of our staff, this measure excludes our suppliers and partners. Our footprint is measured in accordance with Defra's 2016 emissions factors and guidelines, which is consistent with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol*** Tonnes of CO2e is a universal unit of measurement used to indicate the global warming potential of a greenhouse gas, expressed in terms of the global warming potential of one unit of carbon dioxide**** Air travel emissions take into account the effect of radiative forcing (the effect of water vapour and nitrous oxides in the upper atmosphere) and therefore an uplift factor of 1.89 has been used in accordance with Defra guidelines