FAO offsets emissions for meeting delegates

Wed, 24/02/16

For the first time, the Committee on Food Security (CFS) has offset the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from air travel and local commuting for all delegates at the meeting hosted at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters in October 2015.

Certified Emission Reduction credits were purchased through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Climate Neutral Now platform.   

Other measures that were taken to reduce the environmental impact of the meeting included printing session documents on paper made of 30% recycled and 70% Forest Stewardship Council-certified virgin pulp, the most efficient and eco-friendly compromise recommended by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the FAO Forestry Division.   Also, organizers of Side Events were given the opportunity to choose a bio menu.

These measures were on top of greening efforts already underway in FAO including reducing plastic consumption by giving delegates the opportunity to refill water bottles, recycling waste in separated waste bins, donating unsold food to a local food bank and energy-efficient meeting rooms for side events.

The Committee on Food Security is now looking to introduce a paper-smart approach to future sessions in order to reduce the quantity of unused documents that are disposed of after the session.