Green Climate Fund (GCF)

https://www.greenclimate.fund/

HQ: Incheon, South Korea

Focal Point: Leo Hyoungkun Park

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Internal Sustainability Team: The GCF Sustainability Initiative (GSI) is a voluntary staff initiative aiming to reinforce and strengthen internal sustainability efforts at headquarters with the Secretariat and independent units. The GSI group has over 25 volunteers.

The entity may not report waste data for all its personnel. Please refer to the entity's personnel chart below for more information.
All entity personnel are included in the entity's greenhouse gas emission inventory.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

Yannick Glemarec, Executive Director of GCF, said that the UN’s Greening the Blue initiative represents a great example of how UN bodies can overcome the challenge of reducing their carbon footprint and negative environmental impacts.

“GCF plays a crucial role in helping developing countries to respond to climate change by financing low-emission and climate resilient development. As a member of the Greening the Blue initiative, GCF is committed to strengthening its internal sustainability efforts to ensure that all our operations reflect the values at the heart of our organisation.”

MISSION

The mandate of GCF is to promote a paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways by providing support to developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) and to adapt to the impacts of climate change (adaptation). Given the urgency and seriousness of climate change, the purpose of GCF is to make a significant and ambitious contribution to global efforts towards attaining the goals set by the international community to combat climate change.

FIELD OFFICES

The Green Climate Fund is headquartered in Songdo, Incheon City, Republic of Korea, where it opened its doors in December 2013. 

Songdo is a planned city, built on reclaimed land and part of the Incheon Free Economic Zone. It is located some 65 km southwest of Seoul and lies within close proximity to Incheon International Airport (ICN). The offices of GCF are located in G-Tower, an eco-friendly building that is also home to several United Nations agencies.

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

The GCF is working on the implementation of the Sustainability Strategy and adoption of the GCF internal Environmental Management System. Meanwhile, the GSI social team is organising sustainability and environmental campaigns and events and preparing a staff sustainability training module. Offsetting is under consideration and the GSI environmental team collected all data for a GCF baseline emissions inventory and conducted a baseline analysis which will be included in the Greening the Blue report.  

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT):  

• The ICT team had a major migration of our back end infrastructure by eliminating many components in our server room. This will decrease the consumption of power by more than 80% and improve our security.  

• ICT distributed the Secured-Printing driver to all laptops in G-tower with default settings to print double-sided and grey.  

• Approximately 83% of infrastructure on business services are now in the cloud. 

• All printers are set to sleep (power safe) after 45-60 min of no use. 

• All new laptops purchased since 2018 are low power consumption (65W). 

EMISSIONS REDUCTION

Emissions reduction scheme is under development and should be in place by 2022.  The GCF aims to reduce and offset its emissions from air travel and by the GCF in total by up to 94% initially. 

EMS AND REDUCTION EFFORTS

We are in the process of developing our internal Environmental Management System.

INVENTORY MANAGEMENT PLANS

We included in our inventory of GHG emissions travel, vehicle; water/energy/paper consumption; heating and cooling. We are working to harmonize our data systems to incorporate them into the overall EMS 

OFFSETTING

Carbon offsetting scheme is under development.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

The building does its own recycling but we don’t have any systematic method of measuring, reporting and managing waste. However, GCF headquarters resides in a building that makes use of waste heat from a nearby facility to generate our heat and hot water.

WATER AND WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT

We don’t have any systematic method of measuring, reporting and managing water and wastewater.

NEXT STEPS

For next year we are planning to: 

  1. be climate neutral   

  1. 100% eliminate/offset GHG Emissions from air travel 

  1. reduce paper consumption in the office 

  1. encourage reducing individual carbon footprints through promotion of low-carbon lifestyle choices  

  1. provide mandatory training on sustainability at the workplace for all GCF staff 

  1. develop the GCF Internal Environmental Management System

https://www.greenclimate.fund/sites/default/files/document/sustainability-strategy.pdf

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