Carbon Footprint 2013

Since 2011 the CCAFS Coordinating Unit has developed and implemented efforts to reduce its carbon footprint in four main focus areas. In 2013 emissions comprising air travel (58%), events (31%), office (10%) and publications (1%) amounted to 145 tCO2e. Compared to 2012 this is a slight increase of 6 % mainly due to an increase in the volume of travel performed by CCAFS CU staff. Adopting paper-smart solutions and using local printing has helped to reduce emissions in the area of printing and shipping by 72.5 % compared to 2012. Emissions related to events have also been slightly reduced, despite one more major CCAFS hosted event in 2013 compared to 2012. In particular, efforts to select eco-friendly hotel and conference facilities, reduce the number of sponsored participants and provide low carbon catering have contributed to this positive development.

CCAFS continues to look for improvements that can bring down emissions and will in 2014 give special attention to reducing the volume of air travel through virtual meeting solutions. Furthermore, CCAFS Coordinating Unit initiated a collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre aimed at sharing and creating new knowledge and tools for reducing carbon emissions. This initiative will be further developed and strengthened in 2014.

Apart from taking action to reduce emissions, inevitable emissions are offset through the Emiti Nibwo Bulora project in Tanzania, administered by VI-Agroforestry. The Emiti Nibwo Bulora project is located near a CCAFS research site and involves small-scale farmers in tree planting activities with the objective of enhancing the capacity of farmers to adapt to climate change. The Emiti Nibwo Bulora project is certified by the Plan Vivo Standard, which is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and reliable offset standards.