IFAD awarded Platinum LEED certification

Mon, 28/09/15

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has become the first UN entity to be awarded Platinum LEED certification, in the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance category, for its Rome HQ.

In 2010, IFAD was the first building in Italy to be awarded the LEED GOLD certification. Their latest achievement of Platinum status sees them reach the highest level of certification possible.


LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program developed by the US Green Building Council. It is not a one-off activity but a consistent way of managing environmental impacts. LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.


Key factors of IFAD’s success were the engagement of staff through participation in a commuting survey, non-smoking policy and improved waste management. Contractors and suppliers have also been engaged with working towards LEED standards.

Co-ordinating the actions of all the stakeholders that made Platinum status possible was done with the help of an inter-disciplinary coordination team, dedicated resources and support from Senior Management.