Last April, SPC adopted its new Social and Environmental Responsibility policy (SER). The purpose is to manage the social and environmental risks and impacts inherent to all SPC activities in an ethical and sustainable way, along three key areas: people, operations and programs.
With this SER policy, SPC strives to decrease its overall ecological footprint through the compensation of its conferences. During SPC’s governing body conference, the CRGA 48 held in late June, delegates were invited to voluntarily contribute to the CRGA travel offset scheme.
Donations collected compensated all CRGA 48 travel-related emissions, some 20 tonnes CO2-equivalent.
SPC will present collected funds to Ekos, a New Zealand broker and offset partner, coordinating internationally certified reforestation projects in Fiji and Vanuatu. Projects are owned by indigenous landowners at Drawa, Vanua Levu, Fiji and eastern Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, and are certified to the Plan Vivo carbon standard.
Aude Chenet, Environmental Sustainability coordinator, [email protected]