2022 Carbon Footprint Report

Published 08. Aug 2023
At the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), we firmly believe that addressing the climate crisis is not only a moral imperative but also an integral aspect of our humanitarian work.

Recognizing the profound impact of the climate crisis on vulnerable populations and displacement dynamics in conflict-affected areas, NRC has elevated its commitment to understanding and mitigating its environmental impact.

The 2022 Carbon Footprint Report offers an exhaustive breakdown of NRC's greenhouse gas emissions and a comprehensive comparison of performance against our 2019 baseline report. To ensure an accurate assessment of our carbon footprint, we diligently collected data from our operations globally. Emissions were meticulously calculated across thirteen categories, as defined by the GHG Protocol, encompassing all aspects of NRC's activities, from business travel to generator usage and procured goods.

Key highlights from the report include:

  1. Stagnate Carbon Emissions: Emissions per FTE staff member remained relatively stable, showing only a marginal 0.7% increase from our 2019 baseline.
  2. Majority Programme Emissions: 76% of NRC's carbon emissions are directly from NRC programme activities, notably: construction materials, food distribution, and our cash and voucher programmes.
  3. Transparent Analysis: The report's annex features published calculation methods, ensuring transparency and credibility to our donors, partners, and the entire humanitarian sector.
  4. Enhanced Monitoring: Our robust monitoring system lays the groundwork for future actions and helps to inform our emission reduction plans.

The 2022 Carbon Footprint Report is closely aligned with NRC's comprehensive sustainability strategy, emphasizing responsible resource management and eco-friendly practices across all operations. We have set an ambitious goal to reduce carbon emissions by 20% per FTE staff member from our 2019 baseline by 2030.

As the majority of our emissions come directly from programme activities, it is important to recognise that our reduction efforts will require careful planning to avoid disadvantaging the people we serve. NRC seeks to incorporate environmental awareness and stewardship into all aspects of our work without changing our mandate or the communities we serve. We will continue to respond to displacement crises, go to hard-to-reach places and prioritise quality in our humanitarian responses.

Towards this end, we are actively transitioning to renewable energy sources, optimizing fleet efficiency, reducing flights, and embracing sustainable procurement practices.

NRC is dedicated to forging partnerships with stakeholders to pioneer innovative solutions and minimize our environmental impact. Our commitment extends beyond our organization, working collaboratively across the humanitarian sector to inspire collective efforts in combating the global climate crisis.