Case Studies

Cutting down on travel can make a big difference to the carbon footprint of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). That's why its directors, leading from the top, agreed to commit themselves to cutting their own travel by as...
Videoconferencing is becoming a key resource in the drive to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where a climate neutral initiative has set the goal of a 20% cut in emissions by 2020...
Signing up to become climate neutral, and starting with a 'green' global conference, is like learning to swim by diving in the deep end. But that didn't deter the secretariat of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (...
Personal engagement at the top can be crucial in making an organization's policies, its staff behaviour and its whole ethos more sustainable. As Executive Coordinator of United Nations Volunteers (UNV) since February 2008, Flavia Pansieri has not...
The United Nations is getting a grip on the greenhouse gases (GHG) it generates. In an unprecedented joint effort, the whole UN system has compiled an inventory of its annual emissions. The total – the equivalent of 1.7 million tonnes of carbon...
Operating on only a small budget, an easily replicated 'green' awareness-raising initiative at the UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) could serve as a showcase for the entire UN system.
A lot of paper has been saved since the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) introduced its electronic workflow system. The switchover has also saved staff from a seemingly ever growing burden of paperwork.  
For eye-catching publicity, the 'Plastic Water Bottle Awareness Campaign' should win some sort of award. Dreamed up by a couple of concerned individuals at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, it also fits squarely with the agency's...
Leading the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on to a greener path - that's the essence of what Julie MacKenzie was asked to do, over a 20 month period from 2008 to 2009. More specifically, as the organization's Environmental Management...
Alireza Ghaemi is head of Building Management Services (BMS) at the Vienna International Centre (VIC). More to the point, he's the man responsible for leading on the making this massive complex more sustainable, and pioneering an innovative special...
Something had to be done about the UN Vienna International Centre (VIC). To put it bluntly, after 20 years of operation, it no longer came up to scratch. Its environmental performance left a lot to be desired.
When UN agencies were asked to identify the biggest element in their environmental footprint, the World Bank's answer was paper. All those reports and exchanges of written information at the core of the Bank’s work use tonnes and tonnes of it.