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Resources to support you in your sustainability journey

Following the SEE Summit, many practitioners have asked for resources to help them in their sustainability journey. We will be adding resources to help you here.

Read about Race to Zero and Race to Resilience to get the global context of what we need to do:

  • Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery.
  • Race to Resilience is the UN-backed global campaign to catalyse a step-change in global ambition for climate resilience, putting people and nature first in pursuit of a resilient world where we don’t just survive climate shocks and stresses, but thrive in spite of them.

COP 26 is a global meeting, aiming to get agreement from countries worldwide to cut emissions to keep a 1.5 degree increase in global warming within reach, along with goals to mobilise finance, assist developing countries and work together. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Want to know more? Read COP 26 explained.

What is the Paris agreement

Help to calculate and reduce your carbon footprint

Carbon footprint is a measure of the total amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere as a result of an individual’s, organisation’s, or nation’s actions. It’s usually measured in tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent).

Reducing our carbon footprint is key to limiting an increase in global warming.  The Paris Agreement calls for global action to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. To achieve this long-term temperature goal, countries aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century.

Read this useful article about your carbon footprint to learn more.

Help to calculate your carbon footprint at work:

Your carbon footprint at home:

Action on waste

After reducing our carbon footprint, reduction of waste is a key issue within the optical community. The waste hierarchy illustration, left, outlines how reducing what we use is the first step, saying no to excess packaging and single use items wherever possible.

Consumer demand to recycle frames and lenses is growing. Here is a list of companies that currently offer recyling:

More resources to follow. If you have further resources to add, please email


Please note these resources are not endorsed by ABDO.

SEE Summit 4 October 2021

The SEE Summit launched the Thinking Green campaign which aims to raise awareness of how eye care practitioners, optical practices and the industry can work in a more sustainable way and inspire and enable them to do so.

Watch the event recording here:

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