So Far, So Fair

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For the running year, we have compensated the greenhouse gases of all our flights! As you might have heard, we here at energypedia consult try to minimize consumption of resources as far as possible. Within Germany we travel by train only, and for international flights we compensate our CO2 footprint.

Three times this year, we participated in international conferences, where we presented our M&E software WebMo. Melanie participated in the 8th AfrEA International Conference, hosted by the African Evaluation Association, in Kampala, Uganda. Robert flew to the MERL Tech conference in London, which was all about new technologies for monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL). He was also in Rome for the international conference on information and communication technologies for evaluation (ICT4Eval) hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Apart from offering modern internet platforms for monitoring and collaboration, we also have some experts on Excel on board. In Geneva, Melanie and Robert shared their expertise on using Excel for monitoring and evaluation in a workshop for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

We compensated our flight emissions with the help of the climate protection organization atmosfair. Based on the distance of your flight, the flight class and the aircraft type, atmosfair calculates your flight’s CO2 footprint and offsetting costs. Atmosfair then uses your climate protection payment to develop renewable energies, mainly in developing countries, and gives you the option to choose which project you want to support.

To give you an idea of the dimensions, for our abovementioned flights, this meant compensating a total of 4.264 kg of CO2 emissions for 110 euros. We even get to choose which project the money should go towards. Our contribution will benefit the distribution of efficient firewood stoves in Rwanda, which save 80% of energy in comparison to less efficient cookstoves and reduce deforestation in the region.

Of course, from a climate protection perspective, avoiding or reducing our amount of flights comes before offsetting, which is why we carefully weigh the advantages of joining international conferences, and choose to hold many of our trainings online.