civil society organizations

Climate strategy for civil society organizations

As civil society organization (for example a development and/or environmental organization) you are committed to making the world and its inhabitants a better place. Now and in the future. This also includes reducing CO2 emissions and investing in climate projects.

FairClimateFund helps you make your organization and activities more sustainable: together we map the CO2 footprint of your organization. It is not only about the impact of your activities, but also about the CO2 footprint, both of those activities and of your own organization. We will work with you to determine what steps you can take to reduce emissions and in which climate projects you can invest.

In 5 steps to a fair climate!

Klimaatstrategie voor maatschappelijke organisaties

1

mapping the CO2 footprint

The CO2 footprint of your organization is determined by various factors: consider energy consumption, logistics and daily transport of employees. For international organizations, international travel (air travel) is especially a critical factor. We can support you in mapping the footprint of your own organization and activities (projects) and making an analysis of your scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.

Organizations can use our CO2 calculator just like companies. Here you can calculate the emissions from the use of gas, electricity and transport (car, public transport, air travel), alone or all at the same time. This is not a full carbon footprint. If you want to approximate the footprint better, there are additional options. You can choose to use a storage factor, or use the milieubarometer. We can also help you with this.

Since 2023, the Humanitarian Carbon Calculator has also been available for international aid organizations. This was developed by, among others, the International Red Cross.

2

reduce CO2 emissions

In a climate strategy of a serious organization, reducing your CO2 emissions is paramount. Once you have mapped out your energy consumption and CO2 emissions, you can use this as a basis for your climate goals. The reference point for companies’ climate goals are the Science Based Targets. After determining goals, it is about identifying the most promising ways to reduce the CO2 footprint. If everyone does this we will reach net zero emissions by 2050. Civil society organizations should also join this. There is not yet a clear reference point for this sector. A number of organizations in the Netherlands are working in collaboration with GSES System on the development of a sector-specific sustainability benchmark. FairClimateFund participates in this project.

3

Generate your own sustainable energy

For the energy you need for your organization, we recommend using sustainable energy as much as possible. Avoid fossil fuels as much as possible. Consider electric driving or investing in solar or wind energy. Is this also possible at offices abroad? We can help you map out the possibilities.

4

Pricing residual CO2 emissions

You can also take responsibility for the CO2 emissions that you cannot (yet) reduce. By pricing residual greenhouse gas emissions, you create a climate finance budget for the organization. You can then use this budget to further reduce CO2 emissions and invest in fair climate projects that have a positive impact on the environment and the people who live there. If you, as an international organization, undertake activities in Africa, Asia or Latin America, we can also see whether it is possible to set up fair climate projects together.

5

A fair story

What exactly is the impact of the steps you take to make your organization and its activities more sustainable? Who benefits from the proceeds of the CO2 credits you buy or CO2 contributions you make (‘contribution units’) and what is their story? An appealing story with clear facts and figures can help convince and motivate your employees and key stakeholders. We help you to create a clear and fair story.

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Contact our colleague Paul Latta to discover all the possibilities!

Paul Latta

Business Developer
Telephone: +31 30-2348210
E-mail: latta@fairclimatefund.nl

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