World Health Organization (WHO)

www.who.int/en/

HQ: Geneva, Switzerland
Number of staff: More than 7000 people from more than 150 countries work for the Organization. In addition to medical doctors, public health specialists, scientists and epidemiologists, WHO staff include people trained to manage administrative, financial, and information systems, as well as experts in the fields of health statistics, economics and emergency relief. (1,820 included in inventory below)
Number of locations: 150 WHO offices in countries, territories and areas; six regional offices, and the headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Key figures


Total emissions: 22,096 tonnes CO2 equivalent
Emissions per staff member: 12.14 tonnes CO2 equivalent
Emissions from air travel: 19,039 tonnes CO2 equivalent
Air travel as a proportion of total emissions: 86%
Air travel per staff member: 10.46 tonnes CO2
Building-related emissions: 30.41 kg CO2 equivalent per square metre

 

 

 

“Climate change will affect, in profoundly adverse ways, some of the most fundamental determinants of health: food, air, water. In the face of this challenge, WHO is committed to do everything it can to ensure all is done to protect human health from climate change.”

Margaret Chan, Executive Director, World Health Organization (WHO)

Director General's Message


“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Climate change will affect, in profoundly adverse ways, some of the most fundamental determinants of health: food, air, water. In the face of this challenge, WHO is committed to do everything it can to ensure all is done to protect human health from climate change”


Margaret Chan

Mission


The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Experience so far


Since 2008 WHO has worked on the annual assessment of WHO's greenhouse gas emissions, and various proposals to reduce emissions and improve sustainable management practices.

Reduction efforts


1. WHO is currently exploring a possible policy (including targets) for reducing air travel

2. Renovations work's studies, which are estimated to reduce by up to 80% of WHO HQ current level of CO2 with respect to power generation and electricity consumption, are under way.

Offsetting


Under discussion.

Next steps


To include all the WHO Regional offices in the carbon footprint assessment exercise and develop a global WHO Sustainability Management System

For more information visit: From policy to action: leading by example to greening the health sector