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Friday, February 27, 2015

UPU News : The IB goes green

A promise made, and a promise kept

The International Bureau, based in Berne, Switzerland, which acts as the Union’s secretariat and employs some 260 people, emitted the equivalent of about 1'000 tonnes of CO2 in 2012. This is 33% less than in 2008, taking into account the same sources.
A promise made, and a promise kept. During the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the UPU director general pledged to reduce the International Bureau’s carbon emissions by 20% by 2012 (compared to 2008 levels). This was in response to the UN secretary general’s call for UN agencies, funds and programmes to lead by example by adopting greener approaches to managing their operations, resources and facilities.
The International Bureau took several steps to deliver on its promise, including renovating its building facade, cutting down on staff travel, investing in more energy-efficient IT equipment, and reducing paper consumption. The renovation work alone netted energy savings of 42%, as well as a 48% reduction in heating oil consumption.
Efforts to further reduce the International Bureau’s environmental footprint will continue.

Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN: The UN System's Footprint and Efforts to Reduce It

Results of the UPU and 50 UN agencies (2014 edition).

International Bureau emission-reduction strategy

Moving the UPU towards climate neutrality is an opportunity: in our efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of our activities, we are also uncovering more efficient and more intelligent management tool for our organization.

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