Responsible operations 2018

IIED reduced its carbon footprint by 12% in 2017/18 as part of efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its activities. We publish this information to ensure that we operate in an open and accountable way.

IIED communications senior coordinator Julie Hill talks to COP23 delegates in Bonn, Germany

We are still well below our 2.5% per year reduction for annual emissions per FTE (ie 6.9 tCO2e per FTE being 23% under the target of 9.0 tCO2e).

This year saw a 12% reduction in IIED’s carbon footprint on 2016/17, reflecting a reduction in air travel emissions. This highlights how much the location of our work has a direct effect on our emissions (such as the reduction in travel distances due to the UNFCCC COP24 being held in Bonn, versus COP23 located in Marrakesh and the UN Habitat III meeting held in Quito in the same year).

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

IIED annual carbon footprint (April 2012 to March 2018)

IIED carbon footprint*12/1313/1414/1515/1616/1717/18
GHG emission data in tonnes of CO2e**(Base year)   
Scope 1 (direct: e.g. on-site gas heating)473021393140
Scope 2 (Indirect energy: e.g. electricity)688577736960
Scope 3 (Other indirect: e.g. travel***)841739852730867741
Total gross emissions957854951842967841
Average full-time equivalents (FTE)9498109110124118
Per FTE annual emissions10.28.78.77.77.86.9
% annual changen/a-15%0%-12%2%-12%
Target (2.5% reduction p.a. on base year)10.29.99.79.49.29.0
% difference from targetn/a-12%-10%-19%-15%-23%

* 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 GHG 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 vapourand nitrous oxides in the upper atmosphere) and therefore an uplift factor of 1.89 has been used in accordance with Defra guidelines.

Anti-fraud and bribery, whistleblower policies

IIED is committed to preventing fraud and bribery, and has a commitment to zero tolerance of fraud and bribery from its staff and partners. Our anti-fraud and bribery policy is available from our Publications Library.

IIED is committed to conducting business with honesty and integrity, and we expect all staff to maintain high standards. We promote a culture of openness and accountability. Our whistleblowing policy is designed to encourage staff to report suspected wrongdoings as soon as possible, in the knowledge that their concerns will be taken seriously and investigated as appropriate, and that their confidentiality will be respected. Read our whistleblowing policy.

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