Halving our greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
WWF Norway has the ambition of halving our greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. In doing that, we are following the scientific recommendations for what is necessary in order to avoid disastrous climate change and global warming over 1.5°C compared to preindustrial levels.
The fight against climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. Climate change impacts the whole world, but in different ways. The world's poorest people have the lowest emissions, but feel the impacts of climate change hardest. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must reduce the world’s emissions of greenhouse gases.
We can limit global warming to 1.5°C if we succeed in halving the world’s emissions by 2030, and then halving them again by 2040. Everyone must take part in this, in particular people living in rich countries with high consumption and emissions.
Working systematically to cut our emissions
Being based in Norway, the electricity we use comes mainly from renewable energy, and air travel is therefore our biggest source of emissions, not electricity use. We have collaborations and projects in many countries, and we also travel to international summits and conferences. Not all our staff travel, but many do. In order to cut out emissions in half by 2030, we have to focus on reducing our air travel.
We have worked systematically to cut our emissions for a long time. In 2008 we made our first carbon budgets and have since then kept an overview of our travel emissions. Based on this, we have already cut our emissions significantly since 2014.
This is not new to us, but we will get even better.
- Use carbon budgets the same way use financial budget, to plan and track how much we can spend compared to our goal.
- Encourage virtual meetings and make sure we always have very good virtual meeting tools.
- Not fly domestically in Norway and our neighbouring countries, unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Set aside enough time and money to travel by train or other public transport on stretches where this is possible.
- Encourage the global WWF network to hold virtual meetings, and to hold physical meetings in locations that are easy for as many people as possible to reach by direct flight, train or other public transport.
- Continue to compensate for our remaining emissions by buying carbon credits from South Pole, which adhere to internationally recognised standards for emissions reduction projects and are audited regularly by independent third-party organisations.
- Share our experiences with others and encourage them to reduce their emissions.