CHAI and our partners have created Climate Accountability in Development, a carbon coalition to create a smooth path for global health and development organizations to reach carbon neutrality. This means reducing emissions where we can and offsetting those that are unavoidable to the point where our offsets cancel our emissions. As part of our membership in this organization, CHAI has committed to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 and a 30 percent reduction in emissions by 2030.
The coalition identifies best practices for measuring emissions, reduces travel and other carbon-heavy activities, and offsets members’ carbon footprints. The coalition has conducted rigorous baseline assessments of our carbon footprints using a common, replicable approach, and will be updating these measurements annually.
The coalition plans to act as a buyers’ club. We will conduct aggregated purchasing of offsets as a heavyweight buyer in the carbon offset marketplace. Buying carbon offsets as a group, rather than individually, is more efficient and will allow us to use our market shaping expertise to steer demand toward higher quality offsets.