International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Rome, Italy

Focal Point: Matthias Meyerhans


Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions

Key Figures: Waste

Key Figures: Water

** Please note that the following information was last updated November 2016 **




Investing in rural people.


Reduction efforts


In 2015 IFAD was awarded Platinum LEED certification for the category Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EB:OM). IFAD is the first UN entity to obtain Platinum for existing buildings.

  • LEED achievement is a result of a dedicated effort which started with a strategic gap analysis which identified specific actions and interventions.
  • Through dedicated resources IFAD invested in solar panels, rain harvesting tanks, building sub-metering systems, improved waste management and modern printing technology.
  • Some key results compared with benchmark year 2010:

    •    Energy consumption reduced by 9%
    •    Water consumption reduced by 29%
    •    Paper consumption reduced by 6%
    •    70% of cleaning products used are eco-labelled
    •    Pilot project on waste management reduced non-recyclable waste by 73%
    •    LEED requirements integrated in main contracts and measured quarterly through KPIs
    •    Dedicated LEED and Greening intranet sites to enhance staff awareness

  • In conjunction with World Environmental Day in 2018, IFAD banned the sale of drinks in plastic bottles from its HQ cafeteria and vending machines.
  • In 2018 plastic cups and sticks from coffee machines were also  replaced with FSC paper cups lined with corn starch material (PLA) and wooden sticks. Both are 100% compostable
  • IFAD has decided to apply for the recertification of LEED in 2020. 



IFAD has offset its total emissions for 2013, 2014 and 2015 through the purchase of Adaptation Fund Certified Emission Reductions from the Clean Development Mechanism at UNFCCCs. With this offsetting IFAD is one of the UN agencies which can be declared climate neutral.


Waste Management


Pilot project on waste management reduced non-recyclable waste by 73%.


Next steps

  • Monitor and document performance according to updated LEED criteria for 2020 re-certification.
  • Analyse and identify areas for further improvement and intervention.
  • Implement enhancements to meet higher sustainability requirements.
  • Keep the momentum and staff engagement.

IFAD and environmental sustainability

IFAD achieves platinum LEED certification

LEED platinum infographic