HQ: Rome, Italy
Number of staff: 6,824 HQ (All of FAO including staff and non-staff human resources)
Number of locations: 220
Total emissions: 43,137 tonnes CO2 equivalent
Emissions per staff member: 6.3 tonnes CO2 equivalent
Emissions from air travel: 27,736 tonnes CO2 equivalent
Air travel as a proportion of total emissions: 64%
Air travel per staff member: 4.1 tonnes CO2
Building-related emissions: 46.2 kg CO2 equivalent per square metre
NB: The inventory contains all of FAO, including decentralized offices. In 2010 the inventory resulted in 7.19 MTCO2E per person but in 2011 the number decreased by 12% to 6.32 MTCO2E per person. This large reduction was mainly due to significantly less first and business class travel.
The FAO spearheads international efforts to defeat hunger and build a food-secure world for present and future generations. As the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development, it seeks to alleviate poverty, hunger and malnutrition by promoting sustainable agricultural development, improved nutrition and the targeting of food security. Serving both developed and developing countries, it acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy.
FAO dedicates a significant amount of resources assisting in the agricultural development of areas that are often those most vulnerable to climate change. We as an organization must effectively play our own part in combating climate change through GHG emissions reductions and sustainability management. Failing to do so would be hindering the efforts towards fulfilling FAO’s primary mandate for sustainable agriculture.
Since around 2008, the organization has incorporated many in-house sustainability initiatives, primarily related to facilities, travel, and procurement. Many efforts have been made towards being more energy efficient and improving waste management, especially at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.
Often the success of various initiatives depends on the staff as well. These include for example proper waste separation and being conscience of energy usage (thermostat settings and turning off lights).
Drawing a clear line between how FAO operates internally and the impact on the environment helps close the gap between administrative activities and work in the field. This fosters a conscience and aware organizational culture.
Highlights of emission reduction and efficiency activities during 2012 include:
FAO HQ offsets 100% of the emissions resulting from its purchased electricity. Furthermore, while we try to reduce emissions due to travel (mainly air), we also want to examine the potential for voluntary offsetting in this area.
We are currently in collaboration with the other Rome-based UN agencies on a joint project for voluntary emission offsetting paid for by the individual for official flights.
Some initiatives in the pipeline includes:
Please review the FAO Internal Operations Sustainability Management report
for more info.