IPC’s sustainability performance
In 2015, our own carbon emissions amounted to just over 700 tonnes of CO2. This represents an 11% increase from the 635 tonnes in 2014. Emissions from road travel (business and commuting), heating, business air travel, public transport, and paper usage all increased slightly between 2014 and 2015; however, electricity emissions remained zero due to IPC’s continued use of renewable electricity. Of IPC’s 2015 emissions, 57% were associated with business air travel, while 36% were associated with road travel (business and commuting). The remaining 7% were associated with heating, paper usage, etc. 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 eighth consecutive year we have partnered with the Climate Neutral Group to compensate our carbon emissions. The last six years of emissions have been fully offset with Gold Standard credits from Cookstove projects in Africa. In 2015, 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, and regular awareness campaigns are developed to promote the use of efficient stoves. By replacing traditional cooking with fuel efficient stoves, carbon emissions are reduced and carbon credits generated. Revenues from carbon credits sales are invested in upscaling the project in order to provide maximum access to the stoves, while also creating jobs for local employees producing the stoves. This project allows households in Uganda to cut fuel bills by over a third, and therefore makes a significant contribution to poverty alleviation in the region. In addition, IPC also offset its GHG emissions for the year 2014 in association with the UNFCCC’s Climate Neutral Now initiative using UN Certified Emissions Reductions.
Waste manage efforts
Reductions in 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. We provide recycling facilities in our communal areas so that employees can recycle glass, cardboard and plastic.