CIBJO set up the Jewellery Industry Measurement Initiative at the the initiative of its Marketing & Education Commission in 2014, to help companies within the jewellery and gemstone industries understand their environmental impact, reduce it, and protect themselves and the sector as a whole. It is vitally important that the industry in general become engaged with this challenge before it impacts negatively on mid-term to long-term demand.

As an organisation, CIBJO first measured and offset its carbon emissions for 2013, and committed to continue with this policy, serving as a role model for the industry, with the intention of encouraging members to follow its lead, and then their members and/or employees, clients and stakeholders to do the same. The 2015 CIBJO Congress in Salvador, Brazil, was the first jewellery industry event ever to be fully carbon neutral.

Jewellery industry organisations and companies who become part of the CIBJO Greenhouse Gas Measuring and Offsetting Initiative, are invited to work with Carbon Expert, an environmental consulting organisation, which will assist them in complying with ISO Standard 14064, which specifies how to quantify and report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals, and apply ISO Standard 20121, which offers guidance and best practice for controlling the environmental impact of events.

For further information or to discuss how this initiative can benefit your business or your members businesses, please contact our CIBJO specialist, Moya McKeown, at moya.mckeown@carbon-expert.com.