United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)


HQ: Amman, Jordan and Gaza

Focal Point: Neil Ashcroft

Number of locations: 6

Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions


** Please note that the following information was last updated November 2017 ** 




UNRWA provides assistance, protection and advocacy for nearly five million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, pending a solution to their plight. The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, social safety-net, camp infrastructure and improvement, community support, microfinance and emergency response, including in times of armed conflict.


Experience so far


UNRWA started the process to become climate-neutral as of 1 January 2008, which means that emissions are to be reduced in so far as operationally possible. In 2008, UNRWA attempted to track the required information to capture main emissions related to its operations and completed, by August 2009, its first climate footprint assessment.


Reduction efforts


UNRWA is piloting a near climate neutral school in Gaza. 




Due to financial constraints, it is not expected to offset emissions in the next two years.


Next steps


The Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Department plans to design buildings with a lower energy and water consumption for two different climate zones.