DAISI is committed to improving its environmental performance and reducing its organisation’s carbon footprint. To this end DAISI has devised the following environmental policies.
- DAISI witnesses and confirms the negative impact that global warming has had in the South Pacific with rising sea-levels a direct consequence of this.
- Global warming is the single biggest threat to many islands in the Pacific, potentially reversing many of the development gains of recent decades.
- DAISI supports long-term community sustainable development projects that help people move towards self-sufficiency and reducing poverty.
- This includes promoting long term solutions that mitigate the current and anticipated environmental effects of global warming
- It is incumbent on us, individually and collectively in our day to day activities to modify our behaviour to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and negative impacts of pollution on the South-Pacific.
- Where carbon emissions cannot be avoided, we will mitigate them when possible with carbon offsetting.
- DAISI is compliant with all of its legal and other environmental requirements
- DAISI is aware of its own carbon footprint and is committed to:
- reducing or offsetting DAISI’s greenhouse gas emissions
- implementing waste minimisation particularly when it comes to the supply of single-use medical disposables.
- minimising our water usage
- initiatives that promote efficient transport solutions for our volunteers and staff to reduce the impacts of fuel burning on greenhouse gas emissions
- To this end, DAISI has a dedicated Environment Protection Officer, whose role it is to ensure minimal negative environmental impact related to DAISI activities.
- This incudes the responsible reclaiming of medical and surgical supplies from Australia, otherwise destined to become landfill, and their responsible shipping to the South Pacific
- DAISI must also ensure that it only sends equipment and medical supplies that are genuinely needed, and likely to be used in a timely manner to reduce the negative environmental impact that sending unused equipment has on the South Pacific
- Wherever possible, DAISI should promote self reliance with reusable equipment and the avoidance of single-use disposables that end up as land fill or cluttering the shoreline and ocean.
This policy was first created 15th November 2015 and revised on 1st July 2020