Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

HQ: Santiago, Chile

Focal Point: Andrea Marquez 



Key Figures: Greenhouse gas emissions


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 to emission reductions. These include the motivation of staff to participate personally in reduction efforts when it comes to behavioural changes.

Reduction efforts  

1. Reduction of lighting, energy usage, HVAC equipment operating time, number of photocopies, use of paper, personal printers and use of centralized multi-function machines. The cafeteria has been instructed to replace the material of disposable glasses and plates.

2. Decreased lighting in garage parking, cafeteria and hallways.

3. Raising of summer air-conditioning temperature by 1°C and lowering winter heating temperature by 1°C. The whole air conditioning system turned off after 17:30.

4. ECLAC has confirmed with its external energy provider that all the energy has been generated under low-carbon footprint (Hydroelectric).

5. Envelope: Roofing system provides light coloured reflecting membrane for insulation purposes. All windows have reflective film incorporated. Skylights have been incorporated to design of new entrance building. Additional skylights are being installed in North Building. Vegetation has been controlled on surrounding perimeter to maximize light and still act in its sun screen effect capacity. IT equipment is purchased through systems contract in NY HQ in accordance to ITSD’s standards. We encourage working in open office space to save HVAC, lighting and financial resources.

Next Steps

Following the earthquake of 8.1 in the Richter scale that hit Chile on 27 February 2010, and is considered one of the strongest earthquakes recorded, ECLAC’s buildings were extensively damaged. The Earthquake Emergency Recovery plan, developed for the reconstruction and repairs of the buildings, was developed and implemented following sustainability/environmental standards and guidelines. ECLAC foresees a considerable reduction on its future emissions data as from 2011.

UNECLAC and sustainability