MSF undertakes to reduce its CO2 emissions and waste
Having undertaken to comply with the Paris Climate Accords, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is extending the use of the toolbox Climate Smart MSF to its environmental impact in order to assess its carbon emissions and the volume of waste that it generates, so as to be in a better position to reduce them.
A number of practical initiatives have been launched, introducing a new paradigm within our organisation, under which this strategy will gradually come to be applied to all our projects.
In March 2019, MSF opened the Kenema Hospital in Sierra Leone. At the construction stage in 2017, our teams installed a fully renewable energy system there. This year, thanks to solar energy, this is enabling us to avoid more than 173 tons of CO2 emissions and to save 40 000 euros on diesel fuel at the hospital. This money can be reinvested in the purchase of medicines to promote the health of mothers and children in Sierra Leone.
In South-East Asia, measurements of emissions have shown that they come mainly from electricity and air freight. The solutions identified are to increase the use of sea transport to replace air freight, to arrange for connection to the electricity grid and to use meters to better assess and reduce power consumption.
In 2020, MSF made its first estimate of carbon emissions from the supply chain. These measurements made it possible to identify the weakest links, the existing shortcomings and opportunities to improve our environmental performance.
These initiatives are just the first steps that we are taking to act on our commitment to reduce our CO2 emissions and our waste.