World Food Programme (WFP)

www.wfp.org
HQ: Rome, Italy
Focal Point: Andy Cole
Email: [email protected]
Internal Sustainability Team: 9 team members (1 is part time)

The entity may not report waste data for all its personnel. Please refer to the entity's personnel chart below for more information.
The above water data reported represents 334 WFP sites.
The entity may not report waste data for all its personnel. Please refer to the entity's personnel chart below for more information

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

“There is no doubt in my mind that the United Nations should be the leader on a cleaner environment – and we at the World Food Programme can lead the U.N. We can do this not just at Rome headquarters, but out in the field.”
David Beasley, Executive Director

MISSION

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies, and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. 

In 2020, WFP assisted 115.5 million people – the largest number since 2012 – in 84 countries. 

FIELD OFFICES

1,389 premises worldwide (including HQ) 

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

WFP is using the commitments outlined in the UN System-wide Strategy as a framework for developing its own organisational targets in the agreed environmental impact areas and management functions. 

EMISSION REDUCTION

WFP has been reporting its global GHG emissions since 2008 and been engaged in waste and water reporting since 2017. WFP has been Climate Neutral since 2014 and continues to focus on reducing emissions wherever we can, especially across our facilities and vehicle fleets. 

In 2020, WFP reported 77,832 tCO2e for the UN common boundary, representing an 18% drop from 2019 largely due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on air travel. In addition to the UN common boundary, WFP also voluntarily reports on emissions from its humanitarian air operations. 

EMS AND REDUCTION EFFORTS

In 2021, WFP is implementing environmental management systems in 14 countries, with global scale up continuing through 2022.  

WFP's EMS implementation is supported by environmental guidelines, checklists, action plans and awareness raising materials in areas such as energy, waste, water & wastewater, and sustainable procurement. These help promote systematic implementation to a consistent standard. 

WFP’s Environmental and Social Sustainability Framework, formally approved in 2021, guides WFP efforts to increase the environmental and social sustainability of programme activities, support operations, and interactions with partners. 

Recent environmental improvement measures include: 

  • Installation of renewable energy systems in field locations
  • Increased waste recycling across WFP locations, including our warehouses, fleet workshops, offices and accommodation sites. 
  • Progressive upgrades to generator housings to minimize risk from fuel and oil spills. 
  • Staff training and awareness on environment to foster behavioural change: In-person trainings are conducted during the launch of environmental management systems, and all-staff events are held to mark World Environment Day, Earth Day and other significant dates. 

INVENTORY MANAGEMENT PLANS

WFP measures and reports GHG emissions from all its global operations, according to the ‘Operational Control’ approach, as defined in the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. 

OFFSETTING

Since 2014, WFP has purchased Adaptation Fund carbon credits through UNFCCC to offset all emissions within the UN common boundary: global emissions from WFP vehicles, generators, refrigerants, purchased electricity and steam, passenger air travel and public transport. 

WASTE MANAGEMENT

For 2020, 49 countries reported their waste practices and/or data. Some good practice waste management examples include: 

  • A dedicated waste recycling station has been set up at the Rome HQ, with the objective of recycling 80% of waste generated on site.
  • 1 million polypropylene food sacks have been recycled into new bags by WFP Kenya, and work is ongoing to scale this initiative in other countries.
  • WFP Ethiopia is recycling old broken warehouse pallets – as of 2021 the plastic from more than 9,000 pallets has been recycled into beverage crates. 
  • A number of country offices have started recycling e-waste in partnership with vetted local recyclers.

WATER AND WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT

WFP collects data on water use and wastewater disposal - 76 countries provided information for 2020. 

  • Initiatives at HQ include the use of treated on-site well water instead of potable mains water for toilet flushing, garden irrigation and cooling towers; improvements to restroom fittings and plumbing to increase water efficiency; water efficient appliances in the commercial kitchens, and; drought-resistant landscaping plants. 
  • improvements are included in country office EMS action plans. 

OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURES

Environmental safeguards are being integrated into standard operating procedures and manuals (emergency preparedness and response, construction, administration). Integrated and interactive country-specific sustainability reports detailing GHG emissions, waste and water management, as well as environmental improvement projects have been published in-house, making them accessible to all staff. 

NEXT STEPS

Global scale up of EMS in WFP country operations will be ongoing in the coming years, building on existing efforts to avoid and manage identified environmental risks from WFP support operations.  

ADDITIONAL LINKS

WFP Environmental Policy
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