The CCAFS Coordinating Unit (CU) is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from everyday activities.
In 2011 the CCAFS Coordinating Unit initiated a carbon footprint reduction plan to reduce its carbon footprint and offset inevitable emissions. A number of activities were carried out in 2012 to reduce emissions resulting from air travel, which had been identified as the major greenhouse gas (GHG) emission factor, and a 26% reduction on the emissions level of 2011 was achieved.
In 2012 further activities were added into the emissions calculation, which was 128 t CO2, comprising air travel (51%), events (34%), office (11%) and publications (4%). Efforts have been made to select eco-friendly service providers, especially hotel and conference facilities, and providing vegetarian catering at major events.
Apart from taking action to reduce emissions, inevitable emissions are offset through the Emiti Nibwo Bulora project in Tanzania. The project is administered by VI-Agroforestry and was selected based on an in-depth assessment of different offsetting options. The Emiti Nibwo Bulora is located closely to a CCAFS working site and involves small-scale farmers in tree planting activities with the objective of building the adaptive capacity of the farmers to cope with the impacts of climate change. Furthermore, the Emiti Nibwo Bulora project is certified by the Plan Vivo Standard, which is widely acknowledged as one of the most important offset standards. To read more about the Plan Vivo Standard.