Offsetting

The UN System is committed to be climate neutral by 2020. In order to achieve climate neutrality, UN entities must measure their greenhouse gas emissions and then take steps to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions they emit. They then must offset 100% of their unavoidable emissions by purchasing quality carbon credits from the Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol, which are also known as Certified Emission Reductions (CERs). Only when they have offset their full scope, both in terms of sources, personnel and locations, can entities be considered climate neutral.

A total of 43 UN entities were climate neutral for 2017 by offsetting their total greenhouse gas emissions for the year.

Greenhouse gas emissions were also offset for a few additional offices within entities that are not climate neutral. As a whole, including climate neutral entities and entities that offset a portion of their emissions, the UN System offset 39% of its total greenhouse gas emissions in 2017.

UN Environment, UNFCCC and UNOPS are fully committed to continue collaborating to assist UN entities in their progress towards climate neutrality by 2020.

A full list of climate neutral UN entities can be found below.

BRS UNDP
ECA UN Environment
ESCAP UNFCCC
ESCWA UNFPA
FAO UNHQ
GEF UNICEF
IAEA UNIDO
IBRD UNITAR
ICSID UNOG
IDA UNON
IFAD UNOPS
IFC UNRISD
IMF UNSSC
IMO UNV
ITC-ILO UN Women
ITU UNWTO
MIGA UPU
OPCW WFP
Ozone Secretariat WIPO
UNAIDS  WMO
UNCCD  World Bank
UNCTAD  

 To learn more about how the UN’s offsetting data is calculated, please read our methodology.

 

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