Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

HQ: Santiago, Chile

Focal Point: Eduardo Lyon 

Email: eduardo.lyon [at]


Key Figures: Greenhouse gas emissions

Key figures: Waste

Key Figures: Water


Executive Secretary’s message


“ECLAC is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in order to "Walk the UN Talk", leading by example on the world's effort to minimize the organization's environmental impact through the active engagement of our staff and our continuous improvement.”

Alicia Barcena




ECLAC – Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean- was founded for the purpose of contributing to the economic development of the region, coordinating actions to promote that development and reinforcing economic ties among the region’s countries and with other nations of the world.

In 1996 the member States reformulated the mission of ECLAC to place emphasis on its role as a center of excellence responsible for working closely with the region’s countries in the comprehensive analysis of the development process.

This mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of expertise, advisory services and training, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. The Commission also functions as a forum for dialogue among the region’s countries and stakeholders on the problems and opportunities facing Latin America and the Caribbean.


Experience so far 


During 2018 ECLAC has reinforced its efforts to reduce carbon footprint as part of its strategy to green ECLAC’s operations, including staff awareness campaigns, sustainable events, and the use of automated systems for water efficiency among others. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the establishment of local policies and dedicated resources to achieve a successful and complete environmental management is required. 


EMS and Reduction efforts  


Improvements and emissions reduction efforts have been part of 2018 ECLAC’ Strategy, incorporating green systems throughout its operations (HVAC for air handlers, LED technology for lightning, landscape irrigation automation, etc.) and sustainable practices, especially in those related to green procurement, biddings and tenders.


Inventory Management Plans


The inventory Management includes reduction of CO2, CH4, N2O and others from all mobile sources, stationary combustion, purchased electricity and basic services, air travel and public transport used by ECLAC staff.




ECLAC has not undertaken any offsetting purchases yet. The possibility of considering offsetting in the forthcoming years is being reviewed.


Waste management


The recycling programme for plastic bottles, cans, batteries and glass has been implemented during 2Q 2018, as well as two pilot programs for the removal of individual bins.

Paper and e- waste are also recycled and donated to NGOs that are in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Water Management


ECLAC has been constantly working in the optimization of water resources, despite not having a written planning for water management. The distribution and water use optimization of water resources have been defined by international standards for buildings in the case of indoor improvements and for landscaping, maximizing water irrigation through the use of nozzles and drip methods in most of the gardens.

During 2018, the initiatives related to reuse of grey waters for landscaping, management of water treatment through well chlorination for drinking water, improvement and building automation including optimization of water resources in restroom alterations through automation of touchless sink faucets and water saving flushing valves, decreasing water usage and decreasing costs for the organization have been implemented.

Considering that during the last years the environmental initiatives have not been guided by a written environmental policy, the Division of Administration, through the Chief of General Services Section has dedicated time to implement at least minimum required sustainable standards in order to achieve organizational commitments towards climate change.  Additional resources are required to comply with a local organizational environmental policy, which includes water management policies.  

Other environmental measures


ECLAC has implemented a number of building technical reviews and retrofit projects in accordance with the objectives of reducing energy and utility consumption.

Next Steps


ECLAC is working in the establishment of policies to improve its environmental performance in line with the Sustainable United Nations objectives and engaging staff in various greenhouse gas mitigation initiatives, along with undertaking energy saving projects to reduce utilities’ consumption.

Workplace waste reduction

In order to internalize SDGs across policies, operational and administrative aspects and contribute with the global efforts working to achieve resource efficiency, ECLAC is defining strategies to gradually phases sustainable changes and requirements in tenders and bids, promoting Sustainable procurement to ensure the lowest environmental and most positive social impact in the forthcoming years. Banning the use of plastic utensils, cups, straws, bags and wrapping, and moving toward buying only bulk-packaged foods, etc., and is currently part of the ongoing tender processes for cafeteria and coffee shop.

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