2050Today Members

FIPOI – Foundation for Buildings for International Organisations

Signatory institution of the 2050Today Charter

As the director of this foundation at the heart of international Geneva, I firmly believe that our actions define our impact. By renting offices and conference centers to international organizations, and by hosting some of the members of the 2050Today program, together we are shaping the sustainable future to which we aspire. Our commitment is clear: to reduce our carbon footprint to zero by 2050 within the 2050Today program. In this way, we are building spaces where innovation and sustainability converge, paving the way for a better, brighter future for all.

Contribution to climate action

The Building Foundation for International Organizations (FIPOI) provides infrastructure and services in the fields of real estate and conferences to the actors of the international Geneva. In its activities, the FIPOI is strongly committed to climate action, with sustainability at the heart of its approach. Indeed, the foundation strives to develop real estate projects that minimize their impact on the environment and contribute to long-term sustainability. By participating in the 2050Today initiative, FIPOI demonstrates its active contribution to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in the fight against climate change.

Thematic actions

Biodiversity

We own four beehives located at the CICG. These hives are maintained sustainably without chemicals and, thanks to their proximity to the Botanical Garden, their honey is rich and floral. They are certified organic, and honey is produced every year and sold at the CICG welcome desk.

Energy

Reducing energy consumption and emissions has long been part of FIPOI’s mission. As early as 2007 the foundation connected to the first Genève-Lac-Nations (GLN) hydrothermal network, taking water from Lake Geneva to heat and cool some of its buildings.

FIPOI is engaged in the ECO-21 program by SIG (Services Industriels de Genève) through a partnership aimed at reducing its energy consumption. This program, called Négawatt Vision, is reserved for companies classified as “major consumers”, a category that includes FIPOI due to its extensive building portfolio. Négawatt Vision assists FIPOI in implementing a coherent energy policy through personalized monitoring, support in establishing an energy management system, and the provision of subsidies for energy performance initiatives. This partnership significantly reduces emissions from FIPOI’s energy and building-related activities.

As part of its broader objective to reduce the electrical and thermal consumption of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, FIPOI has, among several other initiatives, installed a people counting system at the Geneva International Conference Center (CICG). This system will allow an optimization in operating large conference rooms in accordance with real needs. This concrete initiative is on the segment of an approach to move towards a more sustainable future.

Food

Our exclusive catering partner has been awarded the ISO 14001 and “Fourchette Verte” labels, guaranteeing local, seasonal produce. It also holds the GRTA guarantee mark identifying agricultural products from the Geneva region. We recently opted to offer glass bottles and reduce PET overall for conferences taking place at one of our five venues.

Mobility

Some of the FIPOI’s facilities are equipped with electric vehicle charging stations, enabling employees who own electric vehicles to commute to work and charge onsite.

Incentive for soft mobility through a financial contribution towards the purchase by employees of an electric bicycle or a public transport card.

We collaborate with a cab company that exclusively reserves hybrid or electric vehicles rather than internal combustion engines.

Sustainable IT

The statement on the “Responsabilité numérique d’entreprise” (RNE) has been written.

The ICT team has discussed the 48 objectives and assigned each of them to a responsible person, as per the RACI definition.

We have set the key performance indicator (KPI) structure and we have created the reporting model document.

Waste management

The FIPO uses biodegradable cups.

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.

FIPOI Specifics

FIPOI also manages the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG) and the Varembé Conference Centre (CCV), whose carbon footprint was measured. It amounted to 734.9 tCO2 for the year 2022.

Carbon Footprint