The climate emergency: MSF pledges to reduce carbon emissions to help protect the most vulnerable

Our engagement

Recognizing our own contribution to the global problem of carbon emissions and human-caused environmental disruption, we are committed to reducing our emissions by at least 50% below 2019 levels by 2030.

With this goal, we aim to set a firm trajectory towards decarbonisation, aligning Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) with the Paris Climate Agreement goals of limiting global warming to below two degrees. The international MSF movement unanimously accepted this ambitious goal and reported on the progress made towards achieving it.

“Human health will be increasingly damaged by the negative consequences of the climate emergency,” says Dr Christos Christou, President of MSF International. “It is not enough to respond to health problems when they arise. We must do our part to prevent them from happening in the first place. Failure to act now would be to breach our medical and ethical obligations to patients and communities. »

Assessments to establish MSF’s 2019 carbon footprint are underway, but it is already certain that our organization will have to continue to adapt and respond to issues related to the transport of people, supplies, construction, energy and waste management.