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In June 2021, ACTED published its Greening Strategy 2021-2025. Through this strategy, ACTED aims to reduce its carbon footprint by at least 30% by 2025, 50% by 2030 in line with IPCC recommendations and ultimately achieve carbon neutrality for its operations.

We are the last generation with the ability to positively impact the issue of climate change. It is an opportunity to come together and shape the kind of world we want to live in. With the right intentions, strong determination, a commitment to collaboration and co-creation and guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Action, we can meaningfully address the climate crisis and deliver positive change. Excerpt from the background section of ACTED's strategy document

ACTED's carbon footprint

 ACTED’s first footprint report in 2017 estimated its baseline emissions to be:   

  • 48,795 tCO2e  
  • 10 tCO2e per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee.  
  • 82% from Scope 3 emissions  

ACTED conducted an updated carbon footprint assessment of its 2019 emissions:  

  • 68,851 tCO2e 
  • 79% from Scope 3 emissions 
  • 14,974 passenger vehicles driven for one year 

Zero-carbon thematic areas

In addition to reducing its carbon footprint, ACTED aims to expand and upscale its environmental protection and climate change adaptation programming portfolio from currently 10% in 2020 to at least 25% in 2022. This includes in particular the following five thematic areas under the zero-carbon component of ACTED’s 3Zero programming strategy: 

Circular economy

Sustainable infrastructure

Citizen-driven climate action

Collaborative and resilient ecosystems management

Inclusive economic opportunities


Strategic implementation

The implementation of the strategy is based on 4 pillars and includes a combination of policy and operational approaches at the HQ in Paris as well as in the field: 

  • Mobilise (our staff, partners, suppliers and donors and the humanitarian ecosystem at large)

    “Anchoring” the greening agenda inside the organization, across all departments and encouraging ACTED staff to adapt and change their behavior.

  • Measure (our greenhouse gas emissions and environmental footprint)

    At least every 2 years, ACTED will measure its carbon footprint in line with the internationally recognized GHG Protocol methodology and include not only the mandatory Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, but also Scope 3 emission 

  • Reduce (our carbon footprint)

    ACTED will focus on reducing its environmental impact throughout its own operations by at least 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030 in line with the IPCC recommendations. The first area of focus will be on greening its logistics and supply chains. 

  • Adapt and invest

    Promote humanitarian and development actions that have a positive impact on the environment and mobilise investments that can drive this transition. 

ACTED’s greening strategy is aligned with its 3Zero vision aiming at positively impacting the issue of exclusion, climate change and poverty: Zero Exclusion (because nobody should be left behind), Zero Carbon (because we only have one planet) and Zero Poverty (because poverty should not hold back potential). 

  • ACTED Greening Strategy 2021-2025


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