United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


HQ: New York, USA

Focal Point: Andrew Hudson


Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions 

Key figures: waste


Administrators quote

“UNDP is committed to being green, sustainable, and just. I am therefore launching a new Greening Moonshot to reduce UNDP’s Greenhouse Gas emissions by 25 per cent by 2025 and 50 per cent by 2030, because we cannot advise over 140 countries on raising their ambitions to reach the Sustainable Development Goals without doing so ourselves”

Achim Steiner
UNPD Administrator


UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

EMS and reduction efforts

As a leading agency in the fight against climate change, UNDP is committed to “walk the talk” by demonstrating that we run our operations in a resources-efficient, sustainable and accountable way.

Substantial progress has been achieved in moving UNDP towards “greener,” more resilient operations both at HQ and in many Country Offices and Regional Centers. Around the world, our offices are working towards minimizing the environmental impact associated with our operations, from green building renovations and sustainable procurement practices to staff training and bicycling programs. By now, over 20 UNDP offices have installed or are in the process of installing photovoltaic electricity systems to reduce GHG emissions and enhance office energy security. Staff throughout the organization are developing efficient and creative solutions to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and natural resources.

Recently UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner launched a ‘Greening UNDP Moonshot’, committing to reducing UNDP’s global GHG emissions by 25% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.


Each year, UNDP reports Greenhouse Gas emissions associated with our global operations. This includes in particular staff travel, heating and cooling in our facilities and fuel consumption in UNDP vehicles.


Through both reductions and offsetting the remainder, global UNDP operations are climate neutral since 2015.  Through UNFCCC, UNDP procures Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) from the Adaptation Fund which supports developing countries in building resilience and adapting to climate change.

Next steps

There is nothing like an ‘impossible task’ allied with some healthy competition to get creativity flowing. That is what UNDP is counting on with the launch of a new Greening UNDP Moonshot.

Today, UNDP is climate neutral in its global operations but working hand-in-hand with over 140 countries to raise their climate ambition, UNDP knows that neutral is not enough!
Fundamental changes in organizational culture and business model are needed to confidently walk the climate talk – and support UNDP local partners to do the same. A new Sustainable UNDP Challenge Fund is established to competitively support UNDP greening solutions around the world. 

For more information visit the UNDP website.