In the end, the post achieved a 30% emissions reduction, beating the 10% target 3 times over!
We achieved a 30% emissions reduction, beating the 10% target 3 times over!
The biggest contributors to this success were:
- 17% reduction in flights; by constantly challenging the need to travel by air and reducing business class travel we were able to reduce 47% of air travel.
- 12 % improvement in heating oil: by regulating the temperature efficiently and by improving insulation.
- 2 % improvement on vehicle usage: better planning of official fleet in order to reduce fuel consumption.
Thanks to the funds available at the FCO, we were available to install solar panels at the residence and low energy consumption lights at the embassy. Other actions included:
The green team also developed a sustainable programme for the residence. There is a compost station, an organic garden and a recycling plan for all waste.
The willingness of all, not only the green team, to make these changes is the reason that our post exceeded the 10% target.
All staff members accepted the challenge and contributed. Even the smallest actions made a difference. The willingness of all, not only the green team, to make these changes is the reason that our post exceeded the 10% target.
Plans are set for the following year. Sustainability of the savings will be a priority.