A commitment to sustainability

FENS is dedicated to minimising the environmental impact of its events and firmly believes that we all have a part to play in preserving our future for generations to come, both locally and across the globe. FENS is convinced of the central value that comes from bringing researchers from a broad range of neuroscientific disciplines together every second year to discuss and advance their research agendas.

FENS has therefore devised a strategy for more sustainable meetings to enable our delegates to meet with a reduced environmental impact on the environment. This strategy is trifold:

 

 

Enable delegates to offset the carbon emissions from their air transport when they register.

Participants will be able to offset their carbon emissions and assist the following worthy projects:

  • Water borehole project in Eritrea

The project is developed by UK project developer CO2Balance in partnership with local NGOs to fix broken water hand pumps. Click here to view video.

In Eritrea, over 45 % of the rural population lacks access to safe water and relies exclusively on unprotected wells, lakes and other open water sources that are highly susceptible to contamination. The only option to purify this water is by boiling it using firewood and charcoal – which results in deforestation and the release of greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion of wood. By providing safe water, this Project ensures that households consume less firewood to purify water and thereby greenhouse gas emissions. By reducing deforestation, this project helps also protect the ecological services of Eritrea’s forests, which include protection against erosion, landslides and floods, and the preservation of biodiversity. And besides the environmental benefits,  the project also has an important impact on health and livelihoods; women, who currently take charge a majority of household tasks, are benefiting the most from the positive impacts of the project.

This project consists of repairing damaged wells as well as drilling new ones, which provide clean water that can be accessed through a borehole. To make sure it is safe for consumption, the water is regularly tested beforehand.

Impacts:

  • By conserving 884 hectares of forest, this project avoids a total of 30 000 tonnes of CO₂ and saves 445,000 trees.
  • In 1 year, 1 well will support 770 people; provide 2.1 million liters of clean water; save 24,740 trees; and reduce CO2 emissions by 1,667 tonnes.

  • Water borehole project in Malawi

The project is developed by UK project developer CO2Balance in partnership with local NGOs.

This innovative project in the Dowa and Kasungu Districts aims to rehabilitate damaged boreholes so that communities no longer have to drink dirty water from unprotected sources, or boil their water from firewood logged from nearby forests. The lack of safe water keeps the world’s poorest people in poverty, and women and girls are the most affected, with significant hours spent carrying contaminated water. This project aims to reach around 450,000 people across the two districts, which remain among the least served in Malawi, with water supply coverage estimated at 41% and 61% respectively. The carbon revenues from this project are allocated to implement a maintenance programme, ensuring that the boreholes stay functioning for the lifetime of the project.

Impacts:

  • This project reduces carbon emissions by 20,000 tonne every year
  • It reduces the use of non-renewable forest biomass, assisting with the preservation of the existing forest, and promoting biodiversity
  • It reduces the amount of indoor pollutants, including carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) emitted from the burning of biomass within residences, which reduces the likelihood of respiratory diseases and improves household health outcomes.

 

 

 

Reduce and minimise the use of energy, resources and waste

 

 

 

Maximise recycling in a responsible way