CCF/CCI Carbon Task Force Report



It is accepted that we need to take urgent action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The UK target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 from the 1990 baseline. It is also widely recognized that climate change and biodiversity are interconnected therefore reducing our carbon footprints takes on additional importance to conservation organisations. Cambridge Conservation Forum, a network of conservation practitioners and researchers in 52 organisations, and Cambridge Conservation Initiative, a collaboration of conservation organisations and the University of Cambridge,  have created this report. We hope that by sharing our experiences and disseminating the information complied here, we will encourage other organisations, companies and individuals to contribute to a continuous process of carbon reduction. 

 The latest report provides a process and an outline for a range of measures which are recommended for consideration and adoption to organisations and their employees in order to minimise the net CO2 emissions across all working areas of an organisation.

The report is split into several headings based on the working area of interest within the organisation, and under each heading a list of measures are presented in the format of a 2×3 table. Depending on heading, the axes of the table are as follows:

  • Impact vs Cost
  • Impact vs Effort

The purpose of this table is to provide a scale of how the implementation of each measure may benefit the organisation in reducing its CO2 emissions. It is therefore expected as a minimum requirement for all organisations to implement measures which are classed as High Impact-Low Cost/Effort, whilst measures which are classed as Low Impact-High Cost/Effort should be regarded as lowest 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 in this document may of course vary from organisation to organisation, but it is hoped that this document will provide a reference point, from which each organisation can work towards their individual goals.

Under each heading is an additional case study, outlining existing CO2 abatement measures carried out by a CCF/CCI member organisation. Each case study details the measure(s) carried out within the relevant working area of the organisation, the associated costs and complexities of those measures, and its degree of success in its implementation, in terms of CO2 emissions reductions but also additional benefits, such as costs savings and rate of adoption amongst employees. These case studies should serve as an incentive to all member organisations of what can be achieved whilst implementing the measures outlined in this document.