Sustainability and climate resilience are among SPC’s major crosscutting topics. As such, it is crucial for our institution to be exemplary in those areas.
The Environmental Sustainability programme was first funded by GIZ in 2012, activities since 2014 are funded by DFAT. As a leader in the field of Climate Change response, SPC has initiated a corporate emission reduction programme to reduce its own carbon footprint – the first regional organisation in the Pacific to do so.
Starting in 2011, the organisation began quantifying the amount of CO2 it produces by preparing a core inventory that includes all facilities located in the Noumea headquarters and Suva, Pohnpei,Honiara, Vanuatu and Kiribati regional offices.
By analysing procurement data for energy and other consumables, SPC can calculate its carbon footprint in line with international standards. For the year 2011 SPC emissions were calculated at approximately 1700 tonnes equivalent of CO2. This process provided a baseline figure to measure our annual progress in reducing emissions.
From 2011 to 2015, SPC has reduced its carbon emissions by 24% per staff!
SPC’s emissions reduction programme is based on four key areas:
Environmental sustainability in action
Recycling @ SPC
Environmental Management System was implemented in
each SPC office. This is done through communication on sustainable practices and exchange with staff, and through the implementation of emission reduction actions.
Our last step in September 2016 was the establishment of 100 % waste recycling in Nouméa Headquarters.
Check out our last programme update video
Reforestation actions with SPC
SPC in partnership with WWF New Caledonia has committed to work and maintain biodiversity at Ouen Toro Land Park in Noumea. This task consists in the preparation of the land for endemic species replantation. Work has started in September 2016 and plantation is planned to take place in June 2017.
Have a look at our last replanting action participants in Ouen Toro, Noumea
As part of the SPC’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, the RESCCUE project (Restoration of ecosystem services and adaptation to climate change, CCES division) has become the first of its projects to be carbon neutral :
- Greenhouse gases emissions are avoided whenever possible
- Emissions that cannot be avoided are reduced to the extent possible
- Remaining emissions are offset through a partnership with Ekos, a New Zealand-based carbon offsetting charity and its Pacific Island rainforest carbon programme, the Nakau Programme.
Early 2017, SPC Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) has committed to reduce its carbon footprint by offsetting its flights when providing technical assistance to Pacific island countries and territories’ governments and civil society, with an agreement with Ekos.
To reduce the impact of its organization annual largest conference, CRGA, SPC has invested in a local offset initiative by allowing a local environmental organization Mocamana to conduct reforestation activity in Fort Tereka, , Nouméa last August 2016.
Make your own home detergents
Why making our own cleaning products?
- It allows to reduce my waste, especially since a region where recycling is not yet a habit
- It saves money, my wallet is happy!
- They are respectful of our environment and they do not pollute rivers, lagoon, their flora and fauna
- They are respectful of my health
- They guarantee the air quality of home
- They are effective and smell good!
- They are fun to make!
Please check this out: “Make your own cleaning products !”
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