Sustainability WRF 2019
World Resources Forum – Climate Neutrality
In a world where more and more businesses are committing to reducing their impact and building a more sustainable future, the next crucial step is going from talk to action. The World Resources Forum continues to lead by example in this area. In addition to compensating for the event’s carbon footprint, the World Resources Forum is advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through its offsetting its impact by investing in projects like the Kariba REDD+ forest protection project in Zimbabwe, the World Resources Forum is saving forests, protecting wildlife and helping to create skilled job opportunities within the local community. The World Resources Forum is also supporting the Yangcun, Run-of- River Hydropower project, which generates affordable clean energy in rural China and creates permanent job opportunities that advance the local economy.
What is climate neutrality?
Climate neutrality has been an established concept since the beginning of this century, and the phrase “carbon neutral” was word of the year in 2006. It combines an organisation’s need to account for their carbon footprint and establish a clear reduction strategy, before offsetting unavoidable emissions. The purpose is to reduce net climate impact to zero – which is why recently the term “net zero” is becoming increasingly popular.
How does it work for the World Resources Forum?
An event such as the World Resources Forum, can be responsible for significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. That is why we have decided to become climate neutral by working with South Pole, a leading sustainability consultant. With South Pole, we firstly quantify all data that relates to the carbon footprint of the event, from planning and marketing to its execution. This includes emissions from transport and accommodation for both organisers and attendees but also energy and food consumption. We then realise a reduction strategy by powering the event with 100% renewable energy. By compensating the unavoidable emissions with high quality emission reduction projects under internationally recognised standards, we not only ensure that the emissions created by our event are compensated, but that positive impacts contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals are continually supported in developing countries.
The South Pole climate neutrality labels are closely aligned with international standards such as PAS 2060 – the leading international standard for demonstrating carbon neutrality, developed in 2014 by the British Standards Institution (BSi). The underlying greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting must follow recognised international standards such as the GHG Protocol or ISO 14064-1.
A closer look at supported projects
We invite you to check out the great work by the South Pole through this video on the Kariba REDD+ project:
Continuing the effort for sustainability at the WRF
The conferences held by WRF have a strong tradition of sustainable practices. WRF 2019 is set follow up on these commitments by aiming to be carbon neutral by offsetting all CO2 emissions created through the travel, lodging, and visit to Geneva of its participants.
In 2017, WRF 2017 committed to be a carbon neutral conference and offset the CO2 emissions caused by travel and stay of its participants. Through the compensation of the 534 tons of CO2e generated, the WRF Association was able to support the Bac Lieu Wind Farm in Vietnam. More information on the project can be found here.