United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


HQ: New York, USA

Focal Point: Andrew Hudson


Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions


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



UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

Reduction efforts

As a leading agency in the fight against climate change, UNDP is committed to “walk the talk” by demonstrating that we run our operations in a resources-efficient, sustainable and accountable way. 

Substantial progress has been achieved in moving UNDP towards “greener,” more resilient operations both at HQ and in many Country Offices and Regional Centers. Around the world, our offices are working towards minimizing the environmental impact associated with our operations, from green building renovations and sustainable procurement practices to staff training and bicycling programs. By now, over 20 UNDP offices have installed or are in the process of installing photovoltaic electricity systems to reduce GHG emissions and enhance office energy security. Staff throughout the organization are developing efficient and creative solutions to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and natural resources. 

Recently UNDP adopted a ‘Climate Neutrality and Sustainability Plan for Global UNDP Operations’ committing UNDP to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions by 10% over 5 years and achieving climate neutrality for global operations effective 2014.  

Reduction achievements

As one component of the HQ Emission Reduction Strategy, HQ Operations in New York recently concluded the successful implementation of an Emission Reduction Plan. Greenhouse Gas emissions associated with HQ facilities and official travel were reduced by 30% over 5 years primarily through the procurement of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

Also many UNDP Country Offices have reduced their environmental impacts significantly – more than 20 UNDP offices have or are in the process of generating electricity with solar panels on-site; sustainability criteria are increasingly included in our facilities management and renovations; travel policies and guidelines have been adjusted to include carbon footprint considerations; using the ‘Greening the Blue’ tutorial, staff are being trained to reduce their work-related environmental impacts; and many Greening Teams are working on tangible, location-specific Greening Plans.


Each year, UNDP reports Greenhouse Gas emissions associated with our global operations. This includes in particular staff travel, heating and cooling in our facilities and fuel consumption in UNDP vehicles.


Through both reductions and offsetting the remainder, global UNDP operations are climate neutral since 2014.  Through UNFCCC, UNDP procures Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) from the Adaptation Fund which supports developing countries in building resilience and adapting to climate change.

For more information visit the UNDP website.