Environmentally Sustainable Operations

As a leading agency in the fight against climate change and environmental degradation, UNDP is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of its operations and to achieving operational climate neutrality. By demonstrating that we run our operations in a resource efficient, sustainable, and accountable way, UNDP strengthens its global position as a strong and reliable partner and delivers its projects and programs with highest level of environmental integrity:

We measure:  As of 2008 UNDP monitors Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions associated with our global operations and reports results as part of the annual 'Moving towards a climate neutral United Nations'. Since then we have expanded our monitoring systems to also include other environmental indicators including water consumption and waste disposal.

We reduce:  Substantial progress has been achieved in moving UNDP towards “greener,” more resilient operations both at HQ and in many Country Offices and Regional Hubs. Around the world UNDP offices are working towards minimizing the environmental impact associated with their operations. From green building renovations and use of photovoltaic power to generate electricity to staff training and bicycling programs, UNDP staff throughout the organization are developing efficient and creative solutions to reduce UNDP’s reliance on fossil fuels and natural resources. Building on these achievements and expanding efforts to improve energy efficiency and utilization of renewable energy, UNDP has adopted a target for reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions from global operations by 10% over 5 years.

We offset:  While UNDP’s efforts focus on minimizing its environmental footprint we also take on responsibility for those Greenhouse Gas emissions that cannot be entirely avoided in the short run:  As of 2014 UNDP has achieved organization-wide climate neutrality by offsetting remaining Greenhouse Gas emission with Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) from the Adaptation Fund – where revenues from credit sales support adaptation projects that promote climate-resilient economic development and sustainable livelihoods in the some of the world’s poorest communities.

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