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 undertaking 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 2018, our own carbon emissions amounted to 571 tonnes of CO<sub>2</sub>, a slight increase from 529 tonnes in 2017. This was driven mainly by an increase in emissions from air travel, however this volume is still well below the average of the past five years. 

Emissions from road travel and from the use of public transport did decrease however, and heating emissions also fell by 30%. Furthermore, IPC’s continued use of 100% renewable electricity ensured that emissions from electricity consumption remained at zero.

In 2018, 42% of our emissions were associated with road travel (business and commuting) and 53% with business air travel. Heating, paper usage, and public transport contributed the remaining 5%. 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 eleventh consecutive year we have partnered with the Climate Neutral Group to compensate our carbon emissions. The last nine years of emissions have been fully offset with Gold Standard credits. 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. 

Waste manage efforts

IPC also implements a range of initiatives and policies to minimise the environmental impact of waste and resource use. In 2018, these included:

  • Printing paper is 100% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and EU Ecolabel certified. Reductions in our paper use are driven through continued implementation of a minimal printing policy. Unless there are good and pressing reasons, IPC encourages the printing of documents in black and white and on double-sided paper only. We continue to provide recycling facilities in our communal areas so that employees can recycle glass, cardboard and plastic.
  • Continued use of environmentally friendly printing, IT and lighting technology on a replacement basis.
  • Continued emphasis on the use of teleconferencing and remote presentation technologies (e.g. WebEx and webinar techniques) to help reduce business travel.
  • Continued selection (in collaboration with our IT supplier) of additional desktop PCs (and other relevant equipment) on the basis of their performance / energy efficiency in order to accommodate growing employee numbers.

In particular, these initiatives make a positive contribution to the following SDGs:

  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • Goal 13: Climate action.