As part of IFAD’s greening efforts, the Administrative Services Division has initiated various activities, such as reducing plastic and paper consumption, enhancing waste management, carpooling and a monthly IFAD Bike to work day (in collaboration with the IFAD Go Green Group and IFAD cyclists).
One initiative that has been introduced is the new parking policy. Staff having a parking spot are now charged €30 per month and parts of the proceeds are used to finance a daily shuttle bus to the nearest metro station. In addition, a limited number of parking spaces have been made available, free of charge, for carpoolers. The 'green' parking spaces are reserved until 9am and available to cars carrying at least four staff members.
In late June 2011, eco-friendly water bottles were distributed to all staff. The overall aim was to reduce IFAD's plastic waste.
In order to track the reduction in plastic waste, sales of conventional plastic water bottles have been monitored and a comparison of the period July - December 2010 and July - December 2011 shows a reduction in sales of 27 % for the 1, 5 l. bottles and a reduction of 15 % for the 0, 5 l. bottles.