Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

www.cepal.org

HQ: Santiago, Chile

Focal Point: Eduardo Lyon 

Email: [email protected]

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

MISSION

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.

FIELD OFFICES

ECLAC Headquarters Santiago de Chile  

ECLAC Subregional Headquarters in Mexico, Mexico D.F.  

ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean, Port of Spain 

ECLAC Office in Bogotá 

ECLAC Office in Brasilia 

ECLAC Office in Buenos Aires 

ECLAC Office in Montevideo 

ECLAC Liaison Office in Washington D.C.  

ALIGNMENT WITH THE STRATEGY FOR SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT IN THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM, 2020–2030 

ECLAC is working in a strategy aligned with the UN Strategy for Sustainability Management in the UN system Phase I and including some of the parameters developed in phase II, raising ECLAC’s ambitions and vision for achieving environmental and social sustainability across its work in a systematic and coherent way, including the alignment of ECLAC’s internal operations with environmental elements of the Sustainable Development agenda, providing clear objectives and indicators to track and prove progress - especially in technologies, facilities, waste and water management- encouraging biodiversity and supporting the systematic integration of environmental considerations into management and operational functions.

EMISSIONS REDUCTION

During 2020 ECLAC has reinforced its efforts to reduce carbon footprint as part of its strategy to green ECLAC’s operations and COVID-19 scenario, including online staff awareness campaigns, sustainable online meetings, and the use of automated systems for water and air conditioning efficiency.  

The new sustainable technologies implemented throughout the campus have considerably reduced the facilities and operations greenhouse gas emissions.

EMS AND REDUCTION EFFORTS  

The improvements and emission reduction efforts have been part of 2020 ECLAC’ Strategy, incorporating green systems throughout its operations (HVAC for air dryers, LED technology for lightning, landscape irrigation automation, etc.) and sustainable practices, especially in those related to green procurement, biddings and tenders. Special consideration for the progress on the plastic waste reduction and paperless office initiatives. 

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. 

OFFSETTING

The UN Secretariat will purchase the necessary carbon offsets centrally.  Therefore, ECLAC did not make any purchases during 2020. 

WASTE MANAGEMENT

The recycling programme for plastic bottles, cans, batteries and glass implemented across the ECLAC Santiago compound and measure their traceability until final disposal or reuse was not carried out during 2020 due to pandemic and the sanitary local restrictions and quarantines.  

To contribute with the implementation of the waste management programme and its reimplementation during 2021/ 2022, all ECLAC individual bins were removed for sanitary and recycling purposes. 
 
Paper and e- waste were recycled and donated to NGOs with programmes in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

WATER AND WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT

ECLAC has been constantly working in the optimization of water resources and endorsed a written water management plan. 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. 
 
Considering that during the last years the environmental initiatives have been guided by the Environmental Policy for the United Nations Secretariat draft, ECLAC 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.

OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURES

ECLAC has implemented a number of building technical reviews and retrofit projects in accordance with the objectives of reducing energy and utilities 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 the preparation of a water management plan to reduce and optimize water consumption as well as carry out its implementation in the Santiago compound.

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 phase 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, among others.

ADDITIONAL LINKS

 

https://www.cepal.org/es/acuerdodeescazu

https://www.cepal.org/en/work-areas/sustainable-development-and-human-settlements

https://www.cepal.org/en/work-areas/natural-resources