Reducing NRC’s environmental footprint
Protecting the environment is vital to our work. It reduces the risk of displacement and strengthens resilience for those who live off the land. As climate change impacts the most vulnerable, we need to act. At NRC, we must ensure that our activities do not increase vulnerability even further.
That's why we have started the process of weaving environmental issues into all of our thinking and doing.
From renewable energy to conservation agriculture, from carbon management to sustainable livelihoods: we must develop our assistance that is effective, real and most of all, sustainable. We know that a degraded environment can force people to flee, and we want to work to prevent it.
Read more about our work on climate displacement.
The NEAT app
Humanitarian operations can have a negative impact on the environment. But we can innovate to work in more environmentally friendly ways. That’s why we created our mobile phone application, the NRC Environmental Assessment Tool – NEAT.
We designed NEAT to bring environmental issues to the forefront of our work on the ground. Its user-friendly interface makes it easy for NRC field teams to keep environmental protection in mind when they design projects.
NEAT allows our teams on the ground to quickly assess the environmental risks of a project, and offers advice on how to reduce these risks. Be it pollution from waste management, the quality of a drinking water source, or impacts to natural resources, we are developing effective and practical methods for reducing impact and strengthening resilience.