CCF/CCI Carbon Task Force


The latest CCF/CCI Carbon Task Force report on 'Reducing the carbon footprint of conservation organisations. A review of experience and best practice in the Cambridge conservation community' was launched at the CCF Summer Symposium on 26th June.


It is generally accepted that urgent action is required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The UK target is to reduce these emissions by 80% by 2050 from the 1990 baseline. Reducing our carbon footprint takes on additional importance for conservation organisations as it is also widely agreed that climate change and biodiversity are interconnected.  In response, this review of best practice carbon reduction measures has been compiled by the Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF), a network of conservation practitioners and researchers in over 50 organisations, and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), a collaboration of conservation organisations and the University of Cambridge.  It sets out a range of measures for consideration and adoption by organisations and their employees in order to minimise the net CO2 emissions across all working areas of an organisation.

This review is arranged into sections that relate to the working areas of organisations. Within each section a list of measures is presented in the format of a 2×3 table. Depending on the carbon reduction measure described, the tables show the impact on one axis versus the cost or the effort on the other axis. The purpose of the tables is to provide a scale of how the implementation of each measure may benefit the organisation in reducing its CO2 emissions. The pragmatic first step for all organisations should be to implement measures which are High Impact-Low Cost/Effort, whilst measures which are classed as Low Impact-High Cost/Effort should be regarded as lower priority. Depending on the size and nature of the organisation, and the CO2 abatement measures already in place, the relative costs and benefits of each of the measures suggested may vary.  However, this document provides a selection of carbon reduction ideas from which each organisation can choose those that best fit their circumstances to work towards their individual goals.

Within each section there is a case study of an existing CO2 abatement measure carried out by a CCF or CCI member within the relevant working area of the organisation. This describes the associated costs and complexities of implementing the measure, and the degree of success in terms of CO2 emissions reductions and additional benefits such as costs savings and rate of adoption by employees.

We hope that by sharing our experiences and achievements in these cases studies, we will encourage other conservation organisations, companies and individuals to enhance their contributions to carbon reduction. 

An earlier report reviewing CCF members' experiences of carbon offsetting and the state of the voluntary carbon market was published in 2008. Please download the Carbon Offset Project Review (PDF) to find out more.