Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

HQ: Santiago, Chile

Focal Point: Eduardo Lyon Riera



Key Figures: Greenhouse gas emissions


Key figures: Waste


Executive Secretary’s message


“ECLAC is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in order to "Walk the UN Talk", leading by example on the world's effort to minimize the organization's environmental impact through the active engagement of our staff and our continuous improvement.”

Alicia Barcena




ECLAC – Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean- was founded for the purpose of contributing to the economic development of the region, coordinating actions to promote that development and reinforcing economic ties among the region’s countries and with other nations of the world.

In 1996 the member States reformulated the mission of ECLAC to place emphasis on its role as a centre of excellence responsible for working closely with the region’s countries in the comprehensive analysis of the development process.

This mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of expertise, advisory services and training, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. The Commission also functions as a forum for dialogue among the region’s countries and stakeholders on the problems and opportunities facing Latin America and the Caribbean.


Experience so far 


Some obstacles have been identified in improving the individual contributions and waste minimization to reduce CO2 onsite emissions. These include the poor motivation of staff to actively support ECLAC’s efforts for the promotion of a more sustainable compound, and the budgetary restrictions for collecting and recycling processes as a part of the waste management plan.


Reduction efforts  


Groundwater water well collection and rainwater harvesting are also operating for the lowering of water consumption. Old sinks have been replaced with cold water- saving sinks (controlled water output).

Incorporation of HVAC Technologies for Air handlers and chillers that work with VRV ecological system with individual control and incorporated into a central control system via software that enables monitoring and increases system performance, reducing considerably diesel oil consumption. Moreover, thermostat settings have been changed to reduce energy consumption, and all lighting equipment has been also replaced by LED technology.


Inventory Management Plans


The inventory Management includes reduction of CO2, CH4, N2O and others from all mobile sources, stationary combustion, purchased electricity and basic services, air travel and public transport used by ECLAC staff.




ECLAC has not undertaken any offsetting purchases yet. The possibility of considering offsetting in the forthcoming years is being reviewed.


Waste management


Onsite waste management has considerably improved with the establishment of a centralized collection. Waste transportation, recycling strategies. Methods of measure, re- use and final disposal are currently under analysis in order to improve ECLAC's Carbon Footprint.

Recycled waste - 2016
Waste type Amount Unit Method of disposal
Paper/cardboard 23.57 m3 Reused
Plastic 7.2 m3 Reused
Metal 3.6 m3 Recycled
Glass 4.8 m3 Recycled
Others 60 m3 Recycled

Other environmental measures


The generation of renewable energy onsite through solar panels and Façade window replacement including 3- layer Thermopanel glass with high solar radiation control level and aluminum with thermal bridge break are considered for the upcoming projects.

ECLAC will implement a system for the treatment of grey and wastewater and their reuse in onsite irrigation through a water treatment plant, which will be operative early 2018.


Next Steps


ECLAC is working in the establishment of policies to improve its environmental performance in line with the Sustainable United Nations objectives and engaging staff in various greenhouse gas mitigation initiatives.

For upcoming waste collection, the appointment of a service provider to assist the waste collection, recycling, final disposal and traceability will be included in bidding terms and conditions.


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