International Training Centre International Labour Organization (ITC ILO)

HQ: Turin, Italy

Focal Point: Antonio Giangregorio

*The Centre hosts its training activities on a campus, which includes a large residential accommodation facility (280 rooms), a Conference Centre, training and office facilities.

Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions


Key Figures: Waste


Director's message

"The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization recognizes that, in pursuing its mandate and strategic objectives, it has a responsibility to protect the environment and to affirm the principle of sustainability. This principle concerns all of us at the Centre as individuals, as international civil servants and as members of a learning institution.

We are committed to adopt environmentally-sound measures in our workplace and practices, in order to reduce the depletion of natural resources and prevent further damage to the environment. We also aim to enhance our role in advocating best environmental practice among ILO constituents and the other development stakeholders who attend our activities."

Patricia O’Donovan, Director of the International Training Centre of the ILO


The Centre is the training arm of the International Labour Organization (ILO), a United Nations agency entrusted with promoting social justice, including internationally recognized human rights and labour standards.

The Centre’s main role is to deliver high quality, relevant and effective training, learning and capacity development services to the ILO constituents and other partners in support of the ILO Decent Work Agenda and the wider UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Experience so far

Since 2011, the Centre has developed several in-house sustainability initiatives, primarily related to facilities, travel, and procurement. Many efforts have been made towards being more energy efficient and improving waste management. In August 2011, a Green Campus Advisory Group with representatives from all parts of the Centre was established to lead and promote greening efforts. A Policy Statement on the Environment was issued by the Director of the Centre. The Centre has also adopted formal targets in its Strategic Plan 2012-2015 to obtain a certification on the environmental status of the Campus.

Reduction efforts

  • The Centre purchases fully-renewable energy, in order to lower its carbon footprint. On top of this, photovoltaic solar plants were installed in order further reduce power supply.
  • Travel rules have been issued concerning the use of business class. Additional video conference facilities have been created to encourage the use of video conference instead of travelling, important training events are paperless.
  • Energy efficient technologies whenever upgrading the Centre’s technical infrastructure and replacing obsolete technological equipment (eg. HVAC, air treatment systems, etc.).
  • Guidelines for procurement of goods and services, office equipment and IT equipment;
  • A tele-working policy is in place;
  • Waste management and waste separation are being improved and tracked;
  • Measures to reduce water consumption have been adopted throughout all the facilities;
  • ICT servers are increasingly being virtualized to save energy.
  • Pay slips and other administrative documents are no longer issued on paper.


The Centre has become Climate neutral in 2015 by neutralizing its unavoidable emissions through the procurement of carbon offsets.

Next steps

In 2013 the Centre obtained a green certification for its activities and facilities (Eco-Shools, issued by the Foundation for Environmental Education). The certification is renewed each year, in order to set the Centre as a training institution that ensures participants have power to be the change for sustainability that our world needs by engaging them in action-orientated and socially responsible learning. Awareness raising and communication campaigns for staff and participants to the Centre training activities are regularly conducted. Efforts to modernize its technological infrastructure will also be pursued with the adoption of energy efficient equipment and the installation of photovoltaic cells when renovating buildings.
The Centre is reviewing business and administrative processes with a view to cutting down paper.


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