10:10 Organizations

Charities, sports clubs, community groups, hospitals, local government…

Here’s the plan: we pledge to cut our carbon by 10% this year – or as close as we can get – then pull out all the stops to make it happen. Any organization can take part, from charities and community groups to sports clubs and local government bodies. 


Joining 10:10 helps you save on energy bills, get ahead of emissions legislation and take the lead on the defining moral issue of this century.



How it works

Becoming a 10:10 organization means making a commitment to pull out all the stops and try to reduce your carbon footprint by 10% in just one year. For most organizations 10% is ambitious but achievable. It’s the low hanging fruit: eliminating waste, increasing efficiency, that sort of thing.

We hope you'll manage the full 10%, but we recognise that many progressive organizations that have made significant cuts already will find it hard to achieve further deep cuts in 2010. 10:10 recognises all emissions reductions as a success, but those organizations achieving the full 10% can expect to feature prominently in coverage of the project.

Ultimately, 10:10 is all about giving it everything we’ve got. Until we do that, we won’t really know what’s possible anyway.


What exactly do we have to do?

Carbon footprints can be measured in different ways, but for 10:10 purposes, we’re talking about four key areas:

  • electricity
  • on-site fuel use (gas, for most of us)
  • road transport
  • air travel

These are the four areas we will be asking you to report your progress on at the end of your 10:10 year. In addition, joining 10:10 means trying to find ways to reduce your other, harder to measure emissions not covered above, and doing what you can to encourage staff, members and clients etc to get involved.

Why should we sign up?

Signing up to 10:10 means your organization is blazing the trail towards a low-carbon future.

Most civil society and public sector organizations have an institutionally inscribed responsibility to serve the public interest. Today, it has become clear that this must mean doing everything in your power to address the terrible threat of climate change, in addition to your core activities as providers of healthcare, spiritual ministrations, outdoor activities and the myriad other social benefits your organizations bring to people.

Using less energy will also be good for your budget. You’ll save money now as your bills shrink; you’ll save money in the future when laws force everyone else to catch up with you; and you’ll save money by keeping staff and winning members from rivals who don’t seem to be doing their bit.

Why 10%? Why 2010?

With climate change, everyone talks about long-term targets, but scientists say it won’t be possible to meet these targets without the right action now – and that means cuts of around 10% in the very near future.


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