International Trade Centre (ITC)

Geneva, Switzerland

Focal Point: Alexander Kasterine

Key figures: Greenhouse gas emissions 

Key figures: Waste

Key Figures: water


** Please note that the following information was last updated November 2016 **




ITC's mission is to foster inclusive and sustainable growth and development through trade and international business development. To achieve this, ITC aims to:

  • Strengthen the integration of the business sector of developing countries and economies in transition into the global economy
  • Improve the performance of trade and investment support institutions for the benefit of SMEs
  • Improve the international competitiveness of SMEs

Experience so far


ITC is actively working to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions from buildings and facilities management are continuously being reduced through a number of ongoing projects related to the building’s heating/cooling systems, IT equipment and policies, lighting systems and recycling facilities.

Regarding travel, ITC is working to raise awareness among ITC staff and consultants. Each time a flight reservation is made at ITC, the staff or consultant is informed of the carbon footprint associated with the proposed trip.

ITC staff and consultants have been provided with a desktop guide with practical tips on how to green their missions, their commute to work, their office, and their lunch and coffee breaks.

ITC is also working to promote climate-friendly behaviour for the commute to work. The capacity for bicycle parking has been increased and an annual survey monitors staff commuting habits.


Reduction efforts


ITC is taking a number of actions to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Some of the key mitigation efforts include:


  • Introduction of videoconferencing as an alternative to travelling to meetings,
  • Instruction to travel agents to report on the CO2 emissions for each ticket booked to increase awareness among staff,
  • Launch of online platforms to enable the deployment of experts regionally to reproduce ITC knowledge and skills.

Building and facilities

  • Installation of a mixed gas/fuel heating system which is more environmentally friendly than traditional fuel heating systems,
  • Installation of a dedicated device for the regulation and optimization of heating during winter time,
  • Optimization of the cooling system in offices and the building’s ventilation system,
  • Renovation of ITC lifts to optimize energy savings,
  • Systematic replacement of current lighting with low energy light bulbs,
  • Nightly checks of office space to make sure lights and equipment are shut off,
  • Reduction of the number of standalone printers and replacement with more efficient models,
  • Introduction of a smart-card system for printing,
  • Configuration of printers for default two-sided gray scale printing,
  • Selection of FSC and 100% recycled paper.
  • A revolving door has been installed at the ITC entrance, helping to regulate the building’s temperature and reduce energy use;
  • Increased efficiency of the server room;
  • Installation of an automated system to completely switch off all electronic devices when not in use at night;
  • Installation of a new energy efficient lighting system.

Reduction achievements


Between 2012 and 2014 ITC reduced its facilities related emissions by nearly 45%. In addition, most of the remaining facilities related emissions are offset through a utility-based programme. 




ITC purchases fully offset natural gas and electricity from the Geneva utility, SIG. SIG offsets its emissions with projects regional programmes and international Gold Standard offsetting projects. As a result, all electricity use and most heating is carbon neutral.


Next steps


TC has a number of projects planned to improve the environmental sustainability of the organization:

  • Increased efficiency of the server room;
  • Installation of an automated system to completely switch off all electronic devices when not in use at night;
  • Installation of a new lighting system.

For more information visit the ITC website