United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)

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HQ: Vienna, Austria




Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions*
 



 Key Figures: Waste
 


 

*Including data for UNODC

 

Director General's Message

 

“UNOV / UNODC in cooperation with their partner organizations in the Vienna International Centre have made significant progress in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in both a financially and environmentally sound fashion. UNOV / UNODC remains committed to continue working with their partner organizations in the VIC, its host country and its partners in the field offices to achieve Carbon Neutral status. As an example, because air travel is the largest single item contributing to UNOV / UNODC's carbon footprint, we are aggressively exploring technical and organizational opportunities to reduce the number of flights and the number of staff members flying.”

Mr. Yury Fedotov, Director General, UNOV and Executive Director United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

 

Mission

 

UNOV manages services for the United Nations organizations located at the Vienna International Centre. UNODC assists Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism, transnational crime, to counter the world drug problem and to take concerted action against international terrorism through field-based technical cooperation projects, research and analytical work, normative work to assist States in the ratification and implementation of international treaties, domestic legislation.

 

Experience so far

 

One way we are working to achieve carbon neutrality is by reducing travel. Tele-commuting enables staff to work from home. Tele-conferencing allows us to keep in touch with field offices and institutional partners, without flying around the world at great expense and polluting the atmosphere. Waste separation is enabling recycling of metals, plastic, paper and glass. Procurement has been directed to use environmentally friendly products and companies. Staff are being encouraged to bike to work and to use public transportation.

It should be noted that the major initiatives such as windows and lights replacements are paying for themselves through very substantial savings.

 

Reduction effort

 
  • All window panes have been replaced, reducing heating/cooling requirements
  • Lights have been replaced in all offices, halving consumption
  • Implementing the “cool UN” as demonstrated by the SG has further reduced consumption
 

Offsetting

 

The Secretariat has initiated the greenhouse gas inventory to prepare for offsetting processes in the years to come. UNOV/UNODC will join this process as it crystallizes through administrative guidelines and instructions. In the meantime UNOV/UNODC is working out procedures not only to decrease its footprint but also to find innovative ways to offset its greenhouse gas production, for example by starting a tree-planting campaign funded through parking surcharges for staff members driving to work.

 

Next steps

 

UNOV is committed to climate-neutral operations and is pushing forward energetically with its partners in the VIC and the local community (host city, host country and missions).

 

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