On 9 August 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body for assessing the latest in climate change science, released the first part of its Sixth Assessment Report. The science is clear. Human activity is leading to more frequent and more extreme weather events. The urgency for policymakers, civil society, and the private sector to work together to reach net-zero carbon (CO2) emissions, along with substantial reductions in other greenhouse gases, is irrefutable. Without concerted action, the climate will continue to reach or exceed the upper limits of warming projections.
For our part, the Institute for Development Impact (I4DI) is committed to fighting climate change in managing our work and advising our clients. We do this by minimizing our carbon footprint with solutions such as utilizing regenerative energy to power the office, increasing the energy efficiency of our building’s equipment and appliances, reducing travel, and tracking carbon output for each trip. Except for essential documentation, we work to reduce waste with our no-paper-printing policy. Also, we are working with government and private sector clients to (i) inform policy and strategy to fight climate change in supply chain and development work. (ii) improve circularity and support circular economy. (iii) improve waste management, and (iv) advise on social and environmental sustainability of supply chains.