In line with the movement launched by the Labos 1point5 collective to reduce the environmental footprint of research activities, I4CE has conducted its own carbon audit. This was the opportunity to find out how much I4CE emits, to determine where the association’s greenhouse gas emissions are from and, above all, to engage a process to reduce them. In particular, the association has undertaken to avoid flying where there is a low-carbon alternative that does not exceed six hours.
The carbon audit conducted by I4CE has revealed that in 2019, the association emitted 66 tonnes of CO2eq, whether for heating, communications, or for its employees’ meals and travel (see illustration below on the scope of analysis). All “scopes” are covered by this audit, including the manufacturing and use of objects, buildings, etc. In terms of the number of employees, I4CE emits 2.8 tCO2eq per “full-time equivalent”. By way of comparison, the average carbon footprint of a French person is 11.5 tCO2eq.