Towards a sustainable campus
Our efforts to reduce the Centre's environmental footprint
For the 4th consecutive year, the Centre has been awarded the Eco-School Programme’s Green Flag: an environmental label attesting the sustainability of the ITCILO's activities and operations.
Eco-Schools is an international initiative for schools and training institutions, run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), with a focus on education, environmental management and certification. The initiative involves millions of people across 64 different countries, making it the world’s largest environmental programme for schools.
Besides the Green Flag award, two additional actions have contributed to the greening of our infrastructure and operations: the collection and submission of data for the UNEP GHG annual emission inventory report (Greening the Blue); and the off-setting of unavoidable emissions to achieve climate neutrality, in line with the pledge given by UNFCCC.
The latest edition of the Greening the Blue Report, released in November 2016, details the emissions from 66 UN agencies, including the Centre. In addition to emissions from facilities, operations and travel, the report includes details of the UN’s waste generation and management. The data show that efforts to reduce the UN’s environmental footprint are making progress, and this is confirmed by a 38 per cent increase in the number of agencies which have joined the reporting process.
The Centre is positioned as one of the best UN entities in terms of CO2 emissions, posting a figure of 5 tonnes of CO2 per person per year (considerably below the UN average). This positive result is due mainly to a significant effort to manage energy efficiently, reduce consumption, pursue an effective travel policy and increase awareness among staff and the campus community. Detailed results are available on the UN Greening the Blue website.
In addition, the Centre became climate neutral in 2016, offsetting its unavoidable emissions by procuring carbon offsets, as encouraged by the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat. This is all part of a growing movement on the part of companies and governments to reduce emissions and so speed up the global trend towards a climate-neutral future.