HQ: Geneva, Switzerland
"Climate change is a critical development challenge and an increasing threat to SMEs in developing countries. In response, ITC has developed our Strategy on Mainstreaming Environmental Sustainability, providing an Aid for Trade approach for our SME clients to strengthen their resilience to climate change. Under this approach, ITC promotes sustainability, transparency, and harmonization in supply chains to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. ITC has also made substantial changes to our own operations. We have invested to increase the energy efficiency of our facilities. Furthermore, ITC continues to pursue new approaches to mitigate emissions in every element of our operations."
Arancha González, Executive Director, ITC
ITC's mission is to foster inclusive and sustainable growth and development through trade and international business development. To achieve this, ITC aims to:
ITC is actively working to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions from buildings and facilities management are continuously being reduced through a number of ongoing projects related to the building’s heating/cooling systems, IT equipment and policies, lighting systems and recycling facilities.
Regarding travel, ITC is working to raise awareness among ITC staff and consultants. Each time a flight reservation is made at ITC, the staff or consultant is informed of the carbon footprint associated with the proposed trip.
ITC staff and consultants have been provided with a desktop guide with practical tips on how to green their missions, their commute to work, their office, and their lunch and coffee breaks.
ITC is also working to promote climate-friendly behaviour for the commute to work. The capacity for bicycle parking has been increased and an annual survey monitors staff commuting habits.
ITC is taking a number of actions to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Some of the key mitigation efforts include:
Building and facilities
Between 2012 and 2014 ITC reduced its facilities related emissions by nearly 45%. In addition, most of the remaining facilities related emissions are offset through a utility-based programme.
ITC purchases fully offset natural gas and electricity from the Geneva utility, SIG. SIG offsets its emissions with projects regional programmes and international Gold Standard offsetting projects. As a result, all electricity use and most heating is carbon neutral.
TC has a number of projects planned to improve the environmental sustainability of the organization:
For more information visit the ITC website