In order to have a clear idea on its carbon footprint, the embassy collects consumption and expenditure data on electricity, heating, cooling, flights and car use. The purpose of these data is to inform on and monitor trends, and to establish a baseline for assessing potential measures the embassy can take to reduce its carbon footprint.
Analysis of available data between 2016 to 2022 show that:
- measures undertaken in terms of better electricity management yielded in a reduction of the CO2 footprint by 4 tonnes per year (from 34 to 30 t/y);
- the sale of one of the embassy’s cars contributed to a CO2 emission decline from 4.6 tonnes to 3.2 t per year.
- consumption trends for heating stayed the same, while prices nearly doubled in 2022 (as compared to 2019–21) due to the energy crisis.
Flight-related data (number and distance) confirms that habits in 2022 went back to those of the pre-Covid-19 period. However, the rule stipulating that FDFA staff may only fly if the business trip is above 8 hours continues to be implemented.
Although limited, as the embassy’s facilities are rented, several energy efficiency measures have been undertaken in recent years, such as the insulation of the attic, the use of intermediate doors to reduce heating losses in winter, as well as improvements in terms of more conscientious behaviour concerning daily activities (switching off lights, managing use of AC and heating, walking for short distances, etc.). Most recently, the embassy’s residence has been equipped with photovoltaic panels to reduce its reliance on fuel energy.