2050Today Members

NRC – Norwegian Refugee Council – Geneva Office & IDMC – Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

Signatory institution of the 2050Today Charter

Contribution to climate action

The offices of the Norwegian Refugee Council and the International Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva have the primary mission of influencing global policies and partnerships regarding humanitarian aid and displacement. These two institutions also work to ensure that displacements related to climate disasters are included in global policy processes. Thus, given the importance of climate issues to both institutions, they have committed to the 2050Today initiative. Through this initiative, they aim to reduce their emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2050.

Thematic actions

Biodiversity

• Plants – 24 in hydroculture, 26 in soil and 4 small plants brought by users.
• 100% recycled printing paper (Plastic-free packaging, ColorLok, FSC and EU Ecolabel certified).
• We print as a little as possible and use digital documents and docusign to sign documents.

Energy

10% of the electricity is certified with the label Vitale Vert from the SIG.

Food

• When we order catering, we order at least 50% vegan/vegetarian, we request environmentally friendly packaging.
• We buy biodegradable teas, and our coffee beans are rain forest alliance approved.
• We use crockery cups, plates and real glasses and cutlery.
• We use Oecoplan phosphate-free dishwasher tablets
• We use EU Ecolabel and is biodegradable washing up liquid.
• Most users drink local tap water, we have no vending machines or water dispensers.

Mobility

Overall the Geneva office had a 42% response rate (35 people). The breakdown of those responses are:

• 17 people (37%) said that they took active transportation to work, traveling an average of 17 km per week. The total for active transport is 0 tCO2e.
• 8 people (26%) responded that they took a car to work, traveling an average of 48 km per week. The total for cars is 7.31 tCO2e.
• 9 people (34%) responded that they took public transportation to work, traveling an average of 122 km per week. The total for public transportation is 8.57 tCO2e.
• 1 person (3%) works from home full time, with the average per staff member working from home 1.6 days per week. The total for WFH is 1.54 tCO2e.

At the humanitarian hub we only have 4 parking places and some people rent outside but this deters employees from taking the car to the office.

Waste management

We recycle, paper & pet and glass.

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