United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)


HQ: New York, USA

Focal Point: Oliver Buhler 



Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions



Key Figures: Waste


Executive Director's Message

"At UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, we believe that local action is essential to drive global progress towards a climate-friendly, sustainable future. We are committed to leading by example by being a climate neutral organization that continues to reduce its overall impact on the environment. We do so by reducing our own carbon footprint, waste and water usage and by promoting a culture of sustainability across the organization. For UNFPA, environmental responsibility means working to ensure not only the health and rights of women, girls and young people, but also the health of the planet they depend on."

Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)



UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

Experience so far


UNFPA aims to be an organization that does no harm to the environment by minimizing the effects of our programmes, operations and facilities on the environment, reducing our use of natural resources and continuing to offset the remaining emissions in order to continue to be climate neutral. UNFPA is climate neutral since 2014 and has been reducing its per capita emissions steadily from 6.12 tonnes in 2008 to 4.57 tonnes in 2018. The UNFPA Strategic Plan 2018-2021 has for the first time an environmental efficiency goal, targeting emissions reduction of 10% compared to 2016 emissions.

In 2018 UNFPA also changed the boundaries of its emissions calculations and for the first time included sub-offices in each country.

EMS and Reduction efforts


UNFPA has taken it upon itself to focus on four key areas in its efforts to mitigate the environmental impact of UNFPA’s facilities, operations and programmes. These four areas include organizational culture, travel, facilities and processes. UNFPA has an Emissions Reduction Strategy that will be replaced by a complete global Environmental Management System in order to achieve the targets indicated in our Strategic Plan and in the UN wider Strategy 2020-2030.

UNFPA has started to assist our highest emitting field offices replacing high emitting technology with renewable solutions. One example is our Sierra Leone Office, that is now fully solar powered.



UNFPA offset all its global emissions in 2018 by purchasing CERs for 21,163 tonnes of CO2e through UNFCCC.

Waste management


UNFPA measures waste, including e-waste through the UN wider Environmental Inventory System.

Water Management


UNFPA measures water consumption, through the UN wider Environmental Inventory System.

Other environmental measures


UNFPA also measures paper use, the amount of bottled water purchased as well as recycling opportunities in each location.

Next steps


UNFPA will continue its efforts to reduce emissions starting with the highest emitting field offices in order to become more environmental efficient in the near future.


UNFPA case studies

UNFPA and climate change

UNFPA corporate environmental responsibility