UNAIDS achieves climate neutrality

Wed, 29/07/15

The UN recently took another step forward on it's journey towards climate neutrality with the announcement that UNAIDS has offset its emissions for 2012 and 2013 making it climate neutral.

UNAIDS has been implementing the UN Climate Neutral Strategy, which requires UN organizations to measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis.

As a first step the Secretariat has been collecting and submitting emissions data for its headquarters, as well as all country and regional offices, since 2009.

Next, UNAIDS developed an Emissions Reduction Strategy (ERS) which enabled them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 14% between 2010 and 2013, almost tripling their original goal of a 5% reduction.

The final step is to offset their remaining emissions, which has now been realised and means UNAIDS joins the growing number of UN organizations that have already met the Secretary-General’s call for the UN to be climate neutral by 2020.

Michael Sidibe holding UNAIDS Climate Neutral Certification

“Addressing climate change is a priority for UNAIDS not only in the way we operate but also in increasing our understanding of the implications climate change has on the AIDS epidemic and our response to it.” Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS