- UNEP/MAP - The Mediterranean Action Plan for the Barcelona Convention GOES GREEN
In an attempt to promote greener meetings, the UNEP/MAP set an awareness raising booth during its Focal Points meeting held from 13 to 16 October 2015 in Athens.
The awareness raising activity included the use of a short “paperless” digital presentation that provided details showing how to properly plan an event to reduce its ecological footprint and paper consumption, to implement certifications (such as ISO 20121 for sustainable management system), and to use a simple web-based tool to successfully calculate the CO2 emissions generated from every meeting.
Participants lent their ears and eyes to the content of the presentation and provided excellent feedback for future ideas and implementation. They all acknowledged the importance of such initiatives and the need to replicate such an activity in their meetings. “This is a great initiative, we should all go for greener meetings from now on”, said one of the participants.
The booth comes as one of the initiatives of the MAP Sustainability Task Force, aiming at implementing a more sustainable, greener approach, and reduction of ecological footprint in the daily operations and the meetings organized by the MAP System.
The Task Force was launched at the beginning of year 2015 and consisted of UNEP/MAP Secretariat and its collaborating Regional Activity Centres: Plan Bleu, PAP/RAC, SPA/RAC, REMPEC, INFO/RAC, and SCP/RAC located in France, Croatia, Tunisia, Malta, Italy and Spain respectively.
- Report on a Green and Climate Neutral GC25/GMEF
In February 2009 the 25th session of UNEP’s Governing Council/Global Ministerial Forum (GC25/GMEF) took place. The climate footprint of the event was calculated to a total of 2,973 tonnes of CO2 equivalents (greenhouse gases). 12 % of these emissions (379 tonnes of CO2 eqv) were caused by activities which were paid by UNEP. UNEP procures offsets to compensate for the emissions caused by UNEP, i.e. 12% of the emissions caused at the event. The rest of the emissions came from air travels where the delegates paid for their own travel, and they were encouraged to arrange their own offsetting. The emissions at GC/GMEF are equal to 3 % of the total UNEP greenhouse gas emission in 2008. Click here to read the report
- Introducing Step by Step
Step by Step is a group of enthusiastic volunteers working within the Girgiri UN Compound in Nairobi. At the moment, colleagues from UNON, UN Habitat and UNEP are involved. "What connects us is involvement with the environment. We believe that we can change our compound to a sustainable working environment Step by Step" learn More >>
- Green Office Competition in 2010
Next year the stock-taking exercise will be turned into a Green Office Competition between all offices, and held annually on World Environment Day. Let’s see who the winner will be!
In the mean time, we would like to encourage you to keep your office as environmentally friendly as possible. Be an active part of all the greening activities that are going on within the UN!!
In addition to the stock-taking exercise Step by Step has initiated the following activities:
- Future activities
Step by Step is also working with UNON to install motion sensor lights and dual flush systems in all bathrooms. We also collaborate with the Cafeterias and coffee stations on the compound to phase out all plastic cups and aluminum wrapping. And, we will provide coffee stations with extra buckets to collect organic waste separately from other waste.
Your help is needed
Although this should go without saying: Step by Step only has limited capacities. Greening the compound really depends on each and every staff member. So, don't forget: the aggregate is made up of all individual contributions and yours counts too!