World Food Programme achieves climate neutrality

Thu, 24/09/15

The World Food Programme (WFP) has achieved climate neutralily, a major achievement considering the size of the agency and scale of its operations.

From their Rome headquarters to their operations in Afghanistan, WFP has been measuring greenhouse gas emissions since 2008 and has introduced a range of tactics to reduce them. The agency achieved a 10% reduction in total emissions between 2008 and 2013 and offset over 160 thousand tons of carbon emissions from 2014 to achieve climate neutral status.

 

The WFP’s mandate requires them to have large distribution networks across the world.  Working to improve the efficiency of these networks has helped not only to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also to reduce operating costs.

Their Afghanistan operations, for example, consumed nearly two million litres of diesel in 2008. Through installing solar lighting and using new software to improve the management of their logistics fleet they reduced diesel consumption by 25%, saving money and reducing GHG emissions by 16%. Remote delivery of training sessions and in-house meetings has also saved at least 220 tonnes of carbon emissions and more than $400,000.

 

WFP has consistently acted within this network of over 60 UN organisations as a source of inspiration and advocacy." - Isabella Marras, coordinator of Sustainable UN

WFP’s climate neutral status for 2014 demonstrates how the largest UN agencies are able to fulfil the Secretary Generals call for the UN system to be climate neutral by 2020.

With climate change expected to create up to 20 % more hungry people by 2050, their achievement is just the beginning. Emissions will continue to be measured, reduced and offset while the agency fulfils its mandate of fighting hunger across the world.

Read the full article on the WFP media centre.

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