World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

HQ: Geneva, Switzerland

Focal Point: Isabelle Boutillon


Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions*


*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 find 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 finding 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 as well as the first annual Green House Gas inventory.
The amount of Green House Gas emissions are decreasing each year since 2009. In 2016 the total emissions are 6% lower than in 2015. Several actions contributes to this trend of decreasing of the emissions :

  • New travel policy since 2012 that encourages travels fly in economic class
  • Gradual implementation in Wipo’s Headquarter of a new cooling system using Geneva lake water (2013 to 2015)
  • Wipo’s Headquarter powered by hydraulic energy (since 2015)
  • Several initiatives to reduce buildings energy consumption (led lighting system, lighting sensor,…)
  • Environmental staff awareness initiatives

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

Inventory Management Plans


WIPO reports greenhouse gas emissions for all its personnel within the defined boundaries. It includes 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 2016 WIPO has offset the entire amount of the 7,243 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. Paper, e-waste as well as plastic, metal and glass from the cafeterias are sorted out to be recycled.


Other environmental measures


WIPO has reduced its headquarters’ annual water consumption by 50% (2015 consumption compared to 2012) as a result of the gradual 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’s Headquarter performed in 2015 an action plan is in progress to continuing reducing the energy consumption and environmental impact of the Headquarter. The action plan covers the period 2016 to 2020.