2050Today Members

ICVA – International Council of Voluntary Agencies

Signatory institution of the 2050Today Charter

Contribution to climate action

ICVA is committed to being an environmentally responsible organization. The board of ICVA adopted an environmental policy in 2019 to highlight the commitment. ICVA Secretariat recognizes that its day-to-day operations impact the environment in a number of ways and is committed to minimize the potentially harmful effects of its activities wherever and whenever possible. This policy establishes practices and guidelines for ICVA to effectively reduce the carbon footprint and other environmental impacts of its activities while operating under a limited budget. Each staff member is responsible and accountable for their contribution to reducing ICVA Secretariat’s carbon footprint.

Thematic actions


The ICVA Secretariat will aim to transition to an energy provider capable of offering 100% renewable energy in Geneva by 2030. Additionally, to save energy and costs, ICVA Secretariat staff are requested to follow the instructions below:

  • Turn off lights, air conditioners, and heating in rooms that are not in use, especially in meeting rooms.
  • Set staff computers to “energy-saving mode” to minimize energy waste.
  • Printers must be turned off every evening.
  • Computer plugs should be unplugged when not in use.
  • Use the eco-cycle setting on the dishwasher.


Regarding food, ICVA prioritizes vegetarian options during its events and pays close attention to the origin and production conditions of products.


In the field of mobility, ICVA is implementing a series of measures. Firstly, travels lasting six hours or less should be made by train or bus if safety and security measures are ensured. Additionally, while acknowledging the importance of personal contacts and face-to-face dialogue, the ICVA Secretariat strives to minimize the number of trips and to find the most environmentally friendly air routes when planning travel. ICVAs travel provider is aware of the environmental policy and works to book flights that have the lowest environmental impact. Video conferences and teleconferences are also used whenever possible to reduce the number of travels. ICVA’s objective is to reduce staff air travel by 30% by 2025 compared to 2019.

Waste management

ICVA practices waste sorting and minimizes its consumption of plastic to the strictest minimum. Additionally, during its events, the use of reusable tableware is prioritized.

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.


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


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.


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