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...
Signing up to become climate neutral, and starting with a 'green' global conference, is like learning to swim by diving in the deep end. But that didn't deter the secretariat of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (...
What could be more appropriate than a native tree planting programme, for offsetting the carbon emissions of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)? In fact the Montreal-based organization has been involved in two projects...
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...
As a climate neutral organization from 1 January 2008, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was one of the first UN organizations to commit to compensating for its emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). When it came to compiling its GHG...
A lot of the UN's work is done through conferences, and they're obviously meant to have an impact. Their environmental impacts, on the other hand, are rightly under critical scrutiny. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has made it a...
Aware of its exposure to climate change and the need to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the World Bank Group has set up a detailed GHG inventory system to track emissions across its worldwide operations. This not only tells it precisely...
One of the first UN organizations to get to grips with greenhouse gas emissions accounting, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has pioneered a procedure for offsetting the emissions it can't avoid. Having committed itself to become...