Corporate Environmental Responsibility in UNFPA

At UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, we believe that local action is essential to drive global progress towards a climate-friendly, sustainable future. We are committed to leading by example by being a climate neutral organization that continues to reduce its overall impact on the environment. We do so by reducing our own carbon footprint, waste and water usage and by promoting a culture of sustainability across the organization. For UNFPA, environmental responsibility means working to ensure not only the health and rights of women, girls and young people, but also the health of the planet they depend on. 

Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA highlights

A Climate Neutral UNFPA - What are we doing?

UNFPA's 2018 organization-wide environmental footprint assessment showed that its overall greenhouse emissions amounted to 21,152 tCO2eq. This translates into 4.58 tCO2 per personnel. This means that since measuring our emissions UNFPA has achieved a per capita reduction of emissions of 1.6 tonnes of CO2eq or 26 per cent.

In 2018, UNFPA measured for the first time emissions from small sub-offices, which resulted in an increase of overall emissions but provided a more accurate number of total UNFPA emissions. Overall per capita emissions only increased slightly through this expansion of our boundaries, showing that, broadly, UNFPA is on the right track.

Our Inventory Management Plan explains in detail the boundaries and methodology used for measuring our emissions.

UNFPA has offset its emissions by purchasing and cancelling Certified Emission Reductions. So UNFPA is climate neutral since 2014 well ahead of the 2020 deadline provided by the Secretary-General.

Since July 2015 UNFPA has imposed an organisation wide carbon surcharge of 2% on travel tickets issued by the organisation. By collecting this surcharge UNFPA can further invest in its environmental sustainability efforts around the globe and in the continuous offsetting of its emissions


Trends in Emissions

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