In 2008, a report commissioned by the Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF) and UNEP-WCMC, reviewed the state of the voluntary carbon market and how organisations in Cambridge offset and reduce their carbon emissions. Building on this report, the Shared Challenges Programme brought together representatives from a range of CCF and CCI partner organisations and the University of Cambridge on 9th December 2010 for an update on the steps they take to carbon offsetting and reduction, to share experience and to think about developing potential common approaches to managing carbon emissions.
Naturally, organisations and University departments take a wide variety of different approaches to both offsetting and carbon management. A CCI-CCF Carbon Management Task Force was therefore formed to pool this experience and knowledge. Key activities of the Task Force are to:
- Share information and knowledge about successful emissions reduction strategies
- Share recommendations on methods and tools to help reduce carbon, including running remote meetings and software for video-conferencing and carbon budgeting
- Share information about problems encountered and offsetting opportunities to help organisations make informed choices about where and how to offset
- Produce guidance on how organisations have successfully presented offsetting and reduction programs to their board & funders