Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

HQ: Santiago, Chile

Focal Point: Eduardo Lyon 

Email: eduardo.lyon [at]


Key Figures: Greenhouse gas emissions


Key figures: Waste


Key Figures: Water


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 center 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 budgetary restrictions for collecting and recycling processes as a part of the waste management plan.


EMS and 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. All cooling systems have been programmed to optimize their performance. VRF System optimizes and control the refrigerant flow through multiple evaporator coils to provide individual temperature control in various mechanical comfort zones. 75% of HVAC installed throughout the compound is currently working under VRF Systems. 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


Waste Management and recycling programmes suffered budgetary restrictions during 2017 and the implementation of recycling glass, cans and plastic bottles is expected for 3Q 2018. Paper and E- waste are currently recycled and donated to NGOs that support sustainable development goals. Moreover, ECLAC minimized the number of individual printers and set the all for automatic double- sided black and white default printing.


Water Management


Nozzles and drip methods placed throughout compound gardens to optimize water irrigation for landscaping have been implemented throughout the compound.


Other environmental measures


ECLAC has implemented a number of building technical reviews and retrofit projects in accordance with the objectives of reducing energy and utility consumption,

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.

Technical reviews to leakages, air conditioning, building machinery 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 2019.


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, along with undertaking energy saving projects to reduce utilities’ consumption.

Workplace waste reduction

In order to internalize SDGs across policies, operational and administrative aspects and contribute with the global efforts working to achieve resource efficiency, ECLAC is defining strategies to gradually phases sustainable changes and requirements in tenders and bids, promoting Sustainable procurement to ensure the lowest environmental and most positive social impact in the forthcoming years. Banning the use of plastic utensils, cups, straws, bags and wrapping, and moving toward buying only bulk-packaged foods, etc., and is currently part of the ongoing tender processes for cafeteria and coffee shop.

For upcoming waste collection, the appointment of a service provider to assist the waste collection, recycling, final disposal and traceability was requested for 2018. In addition to the above, to improving on recycling and proper waste segregation, ECLAC will remove individual trash cans starting with administrative divisions as a pilot during 2018 and gradually within the compound if the results are succesful.


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