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Environmentally Sustainable Operations

“UNDP is committed to being green, sustainable, and just. I am therefore launching a new Greening Moonshot to reduce UNDP’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 25 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2030, because we cannot advise over 140 countries on raising their ambitions to reach the Sustainable Development Goals without doing so ourselves,” – UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner.

UNDP advises on environmental policy and runs sustainability projects around the world. But this is not enough. We recognize the environmental impact of our operations and are committed to setting an example. The Greening UNDP Moonshot was launched in September 2019 with ambitious targets:

  • To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from UNDP operations 25 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2030.
  • To implement the best waste management in all UNDP premises.
  • To minimize the use of natural resources.

We are not starting from scratch. Over the past several years we have developed effective ways to reduce our environmental footprint:

  • We monitor: Monitoring and disclosing environmental performance consistently, transparently and regularly is key for taking environmental responsibility and to support any claims relating to ‘greening' and ‘climate neutrality’. We consistently monitor greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental effects of our work and report annually in Greening the Blue.
  • We reduce: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is at the core of UNDP’s commitment to operational sustainability. Throughout the organization we are developing efficient and creative solutions to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and natural resources. Many UNDP offices have installed green energy technologies. We have more than 1.4 MWp of photovoltaic solar panels generating 2.7 GWh/year of clean, affordable and reliable electricity, while reducing GHG emissions by more than 1,000 tons CO2e and avoiding around US$600,000 in energy costs per year.
  • We offset: Offsetting where emissions cannot be reduced complements UNDP’s greening efforts and demonstrates our commitment to adhere to highest standards of accountability. Global UNDP operations are climate neutral since 2015: Every year, we purchase Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) from the Adaptation Fund established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

These achievements have built a strong foundation. To go further UNDP will establish a UNDP Challenge Fund to finance and invest in sustainability in all our offices. With the UNDP Digital Strategy, we’ll be also looking at how technology can help us solve environmental challenges. 

Climate change and environmental degradation pose a substantial threat to global development and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Greening UNDP Moonshot is our commitment to advance management standards for a healthier and more sustainable planet.

Have any questions? Reach our sustainability management team at .