IIED's environmental policy
The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) works to build a fairer, more sustainable world. We recognise that all our activities will have an impact on the environment – and we aim to continually improve our environmental performance.
Our mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable world, using evidence, action and influence in partnership with others.
Our most significant positive impact is through our research, advice and advocacy work. We carry out action research — generating robust evidence and know-how that is informed by a practical perspective acquired through hands-on research with grassroots partners — and we publish in journals and maintain high research standards.
We advise government, business and development agencies, and we argue for changes in public policy. We focus on bottom-up approaches, stay open to flexible, adaptable solutions and are marked by a tradition of challenging conventional wisdom through original thinking. All of this requires innovative approaches to in-country and international work.
We recognise that in pursuing these objectives we can impact the environment. Our in-country and international work must therefore also be equally innovative in minimising our adverse environmental impacts. Focus areas include:
- Greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere from the use of fossil fuels for air travel and other transport necessary to deliver our mission
- Greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere from the use of fossil fuel-based energy and the consumption of electricity in our offices in London and Edinburgh
- Production of waste and the use of water in our offices in London and Edinburgh, and
- Indirectly, the environmental impact of our partners, contractors, suppliers and consultants.
We are committed to continually improve our environmental performance and prevent pollution by:
- Ensuring our compliance with all relevant legislation, regulations and other relevant requirements
- Using a management system that meets the requirements of ISO14001
- Ensuring independent certification and regular review of our environmental management system
- Setting appropriate and realistic targets and objectives for all of our most significant environmental impacts
- Assessing and regularly re-assessing the environmental impacts of our activities
- Ensuring awareness of all our employees of our environmental policy and impacts
- Sharing low-carbon innovations to our in-country and international work, and scaling up effective approaches where effective
- Minimising our carbon emissions from energy consumption and travel, both within the UK and internationally
- Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions per head by an average of 2.5 per cent per year, consistent with the requirements of globally-recognised reduction commitments such as the Carbon Trust Standard
- Minimising the amount of waste through reduction, recovery and recycling
- Using our environmental and procurement policies to secure environmentally sensitive approaches by our suppliers and contractors, and
- Reporting our environmental performance in our annual report.
This policy is communicated to all employees, suppliers and sub-contractors and is made available to the public. IIED's operations team oversees and reviews the policy, and our environmental manager coordinates its implementation.
We continue to maintain an ISO14001-certified environmental management system.
This policy forms part of our responsible operations policy, which includes policies on a broad of range of social and environmental issues.
IIED director Andrew Norton