Distance working

2003 saw the launch of the UN Flex policy, enabling organizations to arrange work schedules for staff in a way that allows work to be done more flexibly in terms of both time and place.

Sixteen UN organizations now use this policy. Although it is primarily a means of enhancing the work-life balance of staff, the UN Flex Policy also has positive effects on greenhouse gas emissions. It reduces commuting and the need for travel, allows bundling of missions and reduces the need for office space.

A methodology for assessing the potential for applying UN Flex to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in individual UN offices is due for release in 2010.