Roadmap of the Alliance tdh schweiz / TdH Suisse

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The Alliance terre des hommes schweiz / Terre des Hommes Suisse has decided to integrate, the necessary reduction of its environmental footprint as a central element of its good management, its accountability toward beneficiaries and its credibility as a civil society actor striving for climate justice.

A jointly developed roadmap

Within the Alliance terre des hommes schweiz / Terre des Hommes Suisse, each organisation has specific expertise. tdh schweiz is competent in participatory approaches for young people and focuses on the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights, a culture of peace and sustainable livelihoods; while TdH Suisse has strong expertise in the integrated promotion of the right to participation, protection against exploitation and violence and education, including education for a sustainable development.

Both organisations decided to pool their know-how to design a climate and environmental roadmap, implement climate actions aligned with the Paris agreement as quickly as possible, and contribute to a more secure future and environment for future generations.

A coherent commitment for the wellbeing of children and youth implies the respect due to future generations of their crucial right to a healthy and sustainable environment. A more sustainable, resilient and equitable development in terms of resource sharing is therefore the only collectively viable trajectory to meet the current and future needs of humanity. Foreword, Climate and Environmental Roadmap: Towards a sustainable, low-carbon and resilient model of organisation, 2023

Carbon footprint reduction

Taking note of the scientific consensus, terre des hommes schweiz and Terre des Hommes Suisse have decided to reduce their emissions by 34% and 40% respectively by 2027 (compared to 2019), without resorting to external offsets. While their intermediary targets are different due to their respective starting points (2019 baseline footprints), their 2030 targets are -50%, according to the Paris Agreement’s ambitions to halve emissions on a global scale by 2030.

For both organisations, the carbon footprint includes both direct and indirect emissions as well as the international and national coordinations. The footprint of programmes implemented by local partners will be incorporated in a second stage.

Key solutions

Eight solutions were selected according to the main levers of action, based on both their carbon and environmental impact, the effort required to implement them and their compatibility with programmes. Several solutions are also important for promoting staff commitment and their ownership of the challenge.

Decarbonisation trajectory

Key facts: terre des hommes schweiz

Baseline emissions in 2019

399 tCO2e

Intermediary target (2027)

260 tCO2e

-34% compared to 2019 emissions

Projected emissions in 2030

197 tCO2e

-50% compared to 2019 emissions

Key facts: Terre des Hommes Suisse

Baseline emissions in 2019

491 tCO2e

Intermediary target (2027)

297 tCO2e

-40% compared to 2019 emissions

Projected emissions in 2030

245 tCO2e

-50% compared to 2019 emissions

Roadmap sneak peek

  • Alliance terre des homme schweiz / Terre des Hommes Suisse Climate and Environmental Roadmap


Cover photo © Cebisile Mbonani/terre des hommes schweiz.