World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

HQ: Geneva, Switzerland

Focal Point: Isabelle Boutillon


Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions*


NB: the increase of WIPO GHG emissions between 2013 and 2014 is mainly due to the GHG inventory boundary evolution. GHG emissions related to facilities operations of non Geneva offices (Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Singapore, New York) and staff air travel for “Home leave” have been added in the 2014 calculation.


Key Figures: Waste


Director General's Message


“Climate change is one of the greatest threats ever faced by society. Human activity, including decades of technological development, has damaged our planet. Widespread pollution and spiralling consumption of the world’s mineral and biological reserves have put unprecedented stress on the environment. As human activity caused the problem, so too can human activity ffnd the solutions. Green innovation – the development and diffusion of technological means to tackle climate change – is key to halting the depletion of the earth’s resources. The race has started to develop accessible alternative sources of energy. A balanced IP system has an extremely important role to play in fostering the creation, diffusion and application of clean technologies.The power of human ingenuity is our best hope for restoring the delicate balance between ourselves and our environment. It is our greatest asset in ffnding solutions to this global challenge, enabling us to move forward from the carbon-based, grey technologies of the past to the carbon-neutral, green innovation of the future.”

Francis Gurry, Director General, WIPO




The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest. WIPO was established by the WIPO Convention in 1967 with a mandate from its Member States to promote the protection of IP worldwide through cooperation among States and in collaboration with other international organizations.


Experience so far


WIPO’s Carbon Neutrality Project was launched in February 2009. WIPO also participated from the start in the annual Green House Gas calculations, as did other UN-system agencies, for the 2009 data.
Under the auspices of a main working group, various sub working groups have been identifying actions and policies to strengthen the organization’s green credentials while working on the following topics:

  • Raising environmental awareness
  • Building and construction-related carbon footprint
  • IT-related carbon footprint
  • Incentives for soft mobility/commuting
  • Green procurement in certain areas
  • Official travel carbon footprint

Reduction efforts


Environmental responsibility is one of the four WIPO’s core values and was part of its Strategic Realignment Program in 2010, before being streamlined in the regular Program and Budget since 2012.
Major efforts have been produced in:

  • Reducing emissions and impacts from WIPO’s buildings
  • Using local wood as building material and implementing green roofs on the new buildings
  • Staff awareness on soft mobility

Reduction achievements


Over the 2011 to 2014 period WIPO realized a 2% annual reduction in electrical consumption (Kwh) by:

  • Upgrading electrical installations in the older headquarter’s building; reduction of number light sources; installation of  presence detector systems and twilight sensors.
  • Implementing of a new cooling system GLN using Geneva lake water.

Moreover WIPO’s headquarter is since 2013 entirely powered by electricity from renewable sources, which is the key to any effective emission reduction and purchase carbon neutral natural gas due to direct offsetting by the supplier.




WIPO includes in its calculations the emissions generated by facilities operations (purchased electricity, purchased steam, refrigerants, stationary combustion), as well as emissions generated by WIPO vehicles and by travel financed by WIPO for staff and third parties (air travel, train travel and public transport).




After reduction efforts WIPO offsets its unavoidable remaining emissions. WIPO has purchased Adaptation Fund Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) through UNFCCC framework to offset its unavoidable expected emissions for the period 2014 to 2020.

Thus in 2015 WIPO has offset the entire amount of 7,730 tons of CO2eq, calculated as per the full UN Inventory, generated by its Headquarter and non-Geneva offices facilities operations, by its vehicles and by official travels financed by WIPO for staff and third parties.


Waste management


Since 2015, WIPO has implemented a waste management reporting.


Other environmental measures


WIPO has reduced its headquarters’ annual water consumption by 50% (2015 consumption compared to 2012) as a result of the progressive implementation of an innovative cooling system which uses Geneva lake water (GLN). By the end of 2015 all the WIPO headquarter buildings in Geneva were connected to the GLN system.


Next steps


Following the energy assessment of WIPO Headquarter performed in 2015. An action plan is in progress to define actions to be planned in continuing reduction of energy consumption and environmental impact still aimed at being completed in 2016.