Case Studies

In one sense at least, the Copenhagen conference on climate change was a big success. The 13-day gathering in the Danish capital in December 2009 ended with an international accord that arguably fell well short of expectations in terms of a new...
Over 30,000 participants poured into Copenhagen from 192 countries all round the world in December 2009 for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Tens of thousands more, however, did not need to go there in person – or add thousands of...
Videoconferencing is becoming a key resource in the drive to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where a climate neutral initiative has set the goal of a 20% cut in emissions by 2020...
When travel is by far your biggest cause of greenhouse gas emissions, how much can be cut? At the UNAIDS programme the Executive Director has committed to reducing travel by 25% over the next biennium across the whole organization – where it...
The United Nations is getting a grip on the greenhouse gases (GHG) it generates. In an unprecedented joint effort, the whole UN system has compiled an inventory of its annual emissions. The total – the equivalent of 1.7 million tonnes of carbon...
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is engaged in a drive to make its travel policies more sustainable and reduce their climate footprint. Several of the steps it has taken on this front date back to 2006, and it continues to look for more...
A lot of paper has been saved since the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) introduced its electronic workflow system. The switchover has also saved staff from a seemingly ever growing burden of paperwork.  
Many of the staff based at the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) don't actually have to be there to do their jobs effectively. Thanks to UNOV's Mobile Office project, they can access all their office facilities, at any time, from wherever they...
The UN Secretariat Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) is in the process of implementing ICT Guidelines for Greening and Environmental Sustainability for the Secretariat. The guidelines, developed as part of the ICT Fast...
The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has been actively reducing its climate footprint since 2005, when it established the Environment and Sustainable Development Project Group and adopted an environmental policy.