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Becoming Carbon Neutral while supporting Sustainable Development: A Challenge for Development and Environment NGOs
Document begins: Becoming Carbon Neutral while supporting Sustainable Development: A Challenge for Development and Environment NGOs Discussion Paper September 2004 Maryanne Grieg-Gran, Saleemul Huq, James Mayers and Hannah Reid International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Background There is now clear evidence that emissions from greenhouse gases (GHGs) are contributing to climate change in ways which may cause adverse (and potentially catastrophic) impacts on the global climatic system and hence on both human as well as natural ecosystems. Efforts to reduce the emission of GHGs through government action at the international level, through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol, have so far resulted in only modest action in some countries. However, the responsibility for reducing such emissions cannot be left only to the governments. Private companies, other organisations, communities and individual citizens must also take responsibility to reduce their own GHG emissions. A number of organisations have already taken steps to make themselves carbon neutral through efforts to reduce their GHG emissions and by ensuring that any emissions for which they are responsible that they find impossible to reduce are offset by a commensurate reduction. This is usually done through the purchase of ...