“Sustainability needs to guide the way we operate every day. I am very proud that the UN Office at Vienna was the first of the UN headquarters to become climate-neutral, running on 100 per cent renewable energy. We will continue to build and cultivate a sustainable working environment.”
Ghada Fathi Waly, Director-General, UNOV
UNOV manages services for the United Nations organizations located at the Vienna International Centre. UNODC assists Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism, transnational crime, to counter the world drug problem and to take concerted action against international terrorism through field-based technical cooperation projects, research and analytical work, normative work to assist States in the ratification and implementation of international treaties, domestic legislation.
EMS and Reduction effort
- All window panes have been replaced, reducing heating/cooling requirements
- Lights have been replaced in all offices, halving consumption
- Implementing the “cool UN” as demonstrated by the SG has further reduced consumption
The Secretariat has initiated the greenhouse gas inventory to prepare for offsetting processes in the years to come. UNOV/UNODC will join this process as it crystallizes through administrative guidelines and instructions. In the meantime UNOV/UNODC is working out procedures not only to decrease its footprint but also to find innovative ways to offset its greenhouse gas production, for example by starting a tree-planting campaign funded through parking surcharges for staff members driving to work.
UNOV is committed to climate-neutral operations and is pushing forward energetically with its partners in the VIC and the local community (host city, host country and missions).