Tearfund UK Climate Charter Annual Report 21_22



Tearfund Targets (Sept 2021- Sept 2022)


Target date


1 Step up our response to growing humanitarian needs and help people adapt to the impacts of the climate and environmental crises 1a) Introduce Thinking Beyond Response guide* to new staff and teams, and encourage relevant colleagues across the organisation to use it.


*guide to support the application of environmental and economic sustainability principles to humanitarian contexts and emergency response.

September 2024, with annual review
1b) Design simplified environmental assessment tool, to prompt environmental considerations in rapid onset emergency response. January 2022
1c) Test the use of environmental assessment tools in 5 countries and share learnings September 2023, with review September 2022
1d) Ensure environmental consideration practices are integrated into programme design processes (e.g. PDA toolkit) September 2022
2   Maximize the environmental sustainability of our work and rapidly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 2a) Ensure accountability mechanisms (such as ‘Walk the Talk’ group) are functioning well to ensure ongoing commitment to our environmental policy. Ongoing, with review September 2022
2b) Offset all emissions, with the aim of becoming carbon neutral (based on reasonable estimates where data is unavailable) Ongoing, with review September 2022
2c) Reduce flights from the UK by 30% (from the 2019/20 baseline) April 2023
2d) Continue research efforts to improve knowledge of Tearfund’s emissions and address data gaps, focusing on flight, fleet and electricity in country offices. Ongoing, with review September 2022
3 Embrace the leadership of local actors and communities 3a) Start working with 19 Movement Building Allies 2021/22
4 Increase our capacity to understand climate and environmental risks and develop evidence-based solutions 4a) Improve staff understanding of climate and environmental risks in humanitarian response, including developing an environmental component to our internal ‘Humanitarian Learning Pathway’. September 2022
5 Work collaboratively across the humanitarian sector and beyond to strengthen climate and environmental action 5a) Continue active engagement with external networks, including DEC, ICVA and EHA. Ongoing, with review September 2022
6 Use our influence to mobilize urgent and more ambitious climate action and environmental protection 6a) See 25 pro-poor public policies and practices changed (including those relating to climate, waste, clean energy and environment) April 2022