IPC’s sustainability performance
IPC is an active member of the United Nations Global Compact, and as such is committed to taking a precautionary approach to environmental challenges. We endeavour to continually improve our performance
by engaging in initiatives to promote environmental responsibility and encouraging the use of environmentally friendly technology. While this report focuses on how we put this into practice through our efforts with EMMS participants, we also ensure that our own operations are in line with these commitments.
IPC’s own carbon emissions reduction measures and results
In 2016, our own carbon emissions amounted to 608 tonnes of CO2. This represents a 14% decrease from 704 tonnes in 2015. Emissions from road travel (business and commuting), heating, and business air
travel all decreased between 2015 and 2016, while emissions from public transport increased marginally. Notably, emissions from business air travel decreased by 21% (83 tonnes). Meanwhile, emissions from
electricity consumption remained zero due to IPC’s continued use of 100% renewable electricity. Of IPC’s 2016 emissions, 53% were associated with business air travel, while 39% were associated with road travel
(business and commuting). The remaining 8% were associated with heating, paper usage, and public transport. In order to help reduce emissions from business travel, we place an emphasis on the use of alternative options, such as teleconferencing and remote presentation technologies (for example, WebEx and webinar techniques).
Carbon emissions compensated
For the ninth consecutive year we have partnered with the Climate Neutral Group to compensate our carbon emissions. The last seven years of emissions have been fully offset with Gold Standard credits from Cookstove projects in Africa. In 2016, credits were used from the Cookstove Project in Uganda. This project has a positive impact on both climate and local communities. In co-operation with local communities, efficient charcoal ovens are developed and made available for the poorest households. Production and sales of the ovens takes place through a network of local companies, while local people are employed
to provide information and training on the use of efficient stoves. By replacing traditional cooking with fuel efficient stoves carbon emissions are reduced, while the project also provides significant health benefits, with efficient cookstoves reducing smoke inhalation by to up to 70%. This project allows households in Uganda to cut fuel bills, thereby making a significant contribution to poverty alleviation in the region.
IPC’s collaboration with Climate Neutral Group to compensate our emissions contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by enhancing climate change action and improving the living conditions of others. In particular, this project makes a positive contribution to the following SDGs:
- Goal 1: No poverty – In Uganda, household expenditure on fuel (wood or charcoal) is on average 30% to 50% of the household income. The use of efficient cookstoves and water filters reduces fuel consumption by up to 50% on average, generating an income saving of 15%. Savings can be used for other essential needs, such as food and education.
- Goal 3: Good health and well-being – Efficient cookstoves release up to 70% less harmful substances compared to cooking on open fires. Through the use of efficient cookstoves, local communities experience substantial health improvements and the prevalence of lung disease is significantly reduced.
- Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy – The provision of more fuel efficient cookstoves reduces the energy consumption of households, helping poor families to save time and money and improve their health.
- Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth – The cookstoves project provides jobs for local people and ensures good working conditions, stimulating economic growth without generating negative environmental impacts.
- Goal 13: Climate Action – IPC’s investment in the cookstoves project in Uganda supports climate change mitigation both by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and by educating local Ugandan communities on the positive environmental benefits of cookstoves and reduced fuel consumption.
- Goal 15: Life on land – By reducing the use of wood and charcoal by an average of 50%, the cookstoves project contributes to reducing deforestation and land degradation, while also supporting biodiversity conservation.
Waste manage efforts
Reductions in our paper use are driven through the continued implementation of a minimal printing policy and – unless there are good and pressing reasons – IPC encourages the printing of documents in black and white and on double-sided paper only. Our printing paper is 100% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and EU Ecolabel certified. In addition, continued provision of recycling facilities in our communal areas enables employees to recycle glass, cardboard and plastic.