2050Today Members

EBU – European Broadcasting Union

Signatory institution of the 2050Today Charter

Contribution to climate action

The European Broadcasting Union is actively involved in supporting its member organizations in their climate initiatives. They continuously facilitate the exchange of knowledge and best practices both within member organizations and across relevant expert communities affiliated with the European Broadcasting Union. Over the past year, they have documented and shared key findings through various reports, including ‘Climate Journalism That Works – Bridging Knowledge and Impact’, ‘Promoting Environmental Sustainability in Public Service Media: Corporate Investments’, ‘Implementing Sustainable Practices in Cloud Service Procurement’, and ‘Mapping Out Public Service Media’s Role in Sustainability’.

The European Broadcasting Union’s Sustainability Working Group has been dedicated to developing robust sustainability reporting standards aligned with guidelines from the European Union and the UN Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Additionally, they have organized numerous industry-wide events, such as collaborative workshops with the European Broadcasting Union’s AI and Data Initiative, and the annual Sustainability Summit, to foster broader engagement and knowledge sharing within the sector.

Thematic actions

Biodiversity

• Manual weeding for flower beds
• Aspen fuel pollutes less (green gasoline)
• Organic fertilizers

Energy

The EBU are reducing its energy footprint by taking the following steps:
• Upgrading the bulbs in the buildings to LED in the toilets, stairs (1 building) and in some technical rooms.
• Upgraded the underground parking lot to LED, 100%.
• Automatic detection of presence to turn the lights on and off.
• We are researching the use of solar panels.
• We have communication campaigns with our employees on how to reduce energy use, e.g. the temperature is reduced at certain times of the year, take the stairs rather than the lifts, etc.

Food

• The EBU has water fountains connected to the water mains rather than water bottles.
• The coffee machines are used with the water heated from the mains and the coffee are the beans which the machine grinds, rather than little pots.
• We have replaced the disposable cups to paper rather than single use plastic.
• The canteen always has a vegetarian option every day.
• The EBU has a food vending machine, where the containers for the main meals are glass and are plastic free.

Mobility

• Outdoor bike shelters.
• Charging station for electric bikes in the parking lot.
• Car-sharing platform under study.
• 10% of EBU employees come to work by bike

Sustainable IT

• Reducing the footprint of our current Datacenter, therefore reduce dramatically the electricity consumptions.
• Move more servers to the Cloud base service provider that are using green energy in their own Datacenter, such as Microsoft.
• Recycle all IT devices with minimum 1-2 years longer before replacing with the new device, such as laptops and mobile phones.
• We sell back all the old devices to another service provider who will be able to re-use them for other purpose.
• We use green providers as much as possible to get our IT services and equipment. For example, Apple’s iPhone with their material recycle programs and their 2030 carbon neutral, and their datacenters/Apple stores are fully now running on green energy.

Waste management

• We separate our waste – paper, aluminium, batteries, PET, glass, electronic devices and organic waste. The different types of waste are taken by different organisations to recycle where possible.
• We have a project to create new dispose area for the new paper cups, so that they are included in the paper waste.

Footprint and emissions by scope

2050Today’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions measurement methodology follows the GHG Protocol. The Protocol provides standards and guidance for organizations to measure and manage climate-warming emissions. It was created in 1998 through a partnership between the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

According to the GHG Protocol, the distribution of emissions is done by scopes:

Scope 1 represents direct emissions linked to the consumption of fossil fuels.

Scope 2 represents indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating and cooling consumed by the reporting company.

Scope 3 includes all other indirect emissions that occur in a company’s value chain (i.e. purchased good or services, business travel, employee commuting).

The 2050Today carbon footprint takes into account the reported emissions generated by the activities of the institution over one year and is divided by categories:

Energy and water

It takes into account the amount of the consumed electricity produced and purchased by the institution. The energy consumed to heat and/or cool the institution’s building area and the consumed water are included as well.

Mobility

It takes into consideration business travels and commuting (on a survey basis).

Food

The CO2 impact of food includes the catering of the institution and individual consumption (on a survey basis) during working hours.

Purchased goods

The perimeter of purchased goods is set to a list of new office equipment, new mobility equipment (vehicles) and construction materials.

Waste

The perimeter of the waste inventory is set to waste production from facilities and internal operations of the institution

It has to be noted that the collected data of the 2050Today members resulting in each carbon footprint are not yet fully standardized and might not be entirely complete. Data collection is being progressively harmonized and improved. Therefore, direct comparisons between tCO2 / employee among institutions – be it in general or per sector – are not yet possible nor relevant.

To ensure the reliability, the accuracy and a recurrent updating of the carbon footprint assessment, 2050Today is advised by an international Carbon Footprint Scientific Committee.

Carbon Footprint