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W.R.I. releases its 2011 GHG inventory and sustainability report

W.R.I. releases its 2011 GHG inventory and sustainability report
W.R.I. inventory report shows that the organization increased its emissions. Photo taken from W.R.I.

The World Resources Institute has just released its report detailing its greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability initiatives for the fiscal year of 2011, revealing an increase in the institute’s emissions.

The non-profit organization W.R.I., with its work focusing on the environment and the global climate, has just released its 2011 Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Sustainability Report which shows that the institute has actually increased its GHG emissions by 18 percent compared to 2010.

According to the W.R.I., the increase in its emissions is due to the institute's expansion of global staff and presence in the recent years. Comparing the emissions of 2010 to 2011, it went from 4,847 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent to 5,726 mt CO2e.

The increase in emissions falls under the institute's purchased goods and services which leapt from 855.1 mt CO2e to 1,226 mt CO2e, and energy use which rose from 884.4 mt CO2e to 1,009.9 mt CO2e.

The institute justifies its increased emissions, saying that in order to create more positive environmental and social outcomes, W.R.I. must grow. However, because of the increase in percentage of emissions, W.R.I. will now pursue more aggressive approach and careful planning in order to ensure that they meet their 2020 absolute reductions target.

But the non-profit organization does recognize its increase in emissions, saying “as W.R.I. continues to expand, we need to think outside the box and find ways to decouple W.R.I.'s emissions from our growth and increasing real world outcomes,” it said in its website.

In order to reduce their emissions, the non-profit organization has created a three-part plan to reduce their environmental impact which includes: reducing existing emissions; avoiding future emissions; and improving data collection.

In order to reduce their existing emissions, the institute plans to reduce their consumption and at the same time shift their energy sources to renewable energy, eliminate unnecessary business travels, and improve technology in their offices.

The institute plans to avoid future emissions by being more aware of how their growth impacts their emissions, and by developing guidelines for new offices space and vendors.

And under the improving data collection plan, W.R.I. will seek to install electricity sub-meters which will allow them to track their actual electricity use and see the impact of their reduction strategies.

W.R.I. readily admits that in light of their 2011 inventory, they still have to do a lot more to reach their goals. The institute holds that with the right strategies, they are certain to get back on track. – EcoSeed Staff

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