2050Today Members

Fondation pour Genève

Signatory institution of the 2050Today Charter

The Fondation pour Genève is proud to have joined the 2050Today initiative in 2022. Since last year, we have been observing our trends in terms of carbon emissions and assessing what can be changed. This work, because it is real work, is an excellent way of questioning our daily practices, thinking about the world of work differently, and being a vector for change.

Contribution to climate action

Since 2018, the Fondation pour Genève has been committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. They organized a travelling, modular exhibition which represents the 17 SDGs in the form of 10 modules, with examples of actions taken by the UN and its partners, as well as recommendations for actions that everyone can take in their daily lives to help achieve these goals. The #YouNeedToKnow exhibition is produced in partnership with the Perception Change Project of the United Nations Office at Geneva. This content is now distributed to school classes in all parts of Switzerland with the precious help of the foundation Eduki.

Since 2020, the Fondation pour Genève has been supporting a series of broadcasts named “Go solutions durables” on the Sustainable Development Goals, produced by Léman Bleu. The aim of the project is to highlight the players involved in sustainable development and their interconnections at international, national, and local level.

Thematic actions

Biodiversity

The green surroundings of the Fondation pour Genève offer significant potential for enhancing biodiversity. Currently, the foundation is exploring ways to introduce a wider variety of indigenous plants, particularly those recognized to attract pollinators. They plan to scatter flowerpots around the facility to attract a diverse range of insects and pollinators. Moreover, they plan to incorporate “insect hotels” that provide shelter, nesting sites and habitats for various beneficial insects such as solitary bees, butterflies and ladybugs. Additionally, the foundation intends to install bird feeders and water dispensers for birds, along with birdhouses designed to accommodate specific bird species.

Energy

The Fondation pour Genève has implemented motion-activated lighting in the office space and common area to save as much energy as possible, only having lights on when movement is detected.

Food

The Fondation pour Genève is actively working to enhance the ecological responsibility of its catering events. Their menus aim to offer a predominance of vegetarian options and prioritize sourcing local or regional ingredients, with special attention given to meat products.

Waste management

The Fondation pour Genève is dedicated to waste reduction efforts. Featuring a designated recycling station within their premises, they actively encourage all entities sharing their space to utilize this facility. They take responsibility for overseeing and organizing the disposal of recyclable materials, including tasks such as ensuring that the materials are collected regularly, sorting them appropriately and arranging for their proper disposal or recycling.

By managing this process effectively, the foundation aims to make it as convenient as possible for employees to participate in recycling efforts, thus encouraging their active involvement in waste reduction.

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