Sustainability and Green Practices in the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions


In July 2011, a sustainability task force was set up in the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions to work on environmental and financial sustainability issues, including through the development of assessment reports and recommendations on how to improve sustainability performance. Click here to read the statement by Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, on the sustainability process in the Secretariat.

Sustainability reports

Date Title Theme
December 2013 Report on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the Secretariat of the Basel and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions and the UNEP-part of the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention

Greenhouse gas emissions and offsetting considerations

April 2012
Report on sustainability performance of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions Environmental and financial sustainability performance

Carbon footprint and offsetting of emissions


  • There was a significant decrease in the BRS Secretariat’s carbon footprint from 2010 to 2012, with current per capita levels within the UN average.
  • The total BRS GHG emissions have decreased by 29% in 2011 and 50% in 2012 compared to the 2010 levels.
        • 99% of the BRS carbon footprint is due to air travel.
        • From 2011 to 2012, staff travel has decreased by 13%.


The Secretariat will take active steps towards becoming climate neutral. CO2 emissions will be offset for the current and next biennium, through purchasing of carbon units via the respective travel budgets of the three conventions. Click here to read the management’s decisions on the greenhouse gas inventory process in the Secretariat and offsetting of emissions.

Other green practices in the Secretariat

  • Since 2010, the three conventions have implemented a paperless policy for their major meetings and paper consumption has significantly decreased.
  • More careful planning is carried out to design and distribute publications, including through promotion of electronic publications.
  • Tele-, video- and online conferencing, as well as back-to-back meetings are promoted in view of a more cost-effective approach to travel.
  • Environmentally sustainable office practices have been identified and are progressively implemented.

Next steps

The work on sustainability is a continuous process to which the Secretariat is committed to contribute to, while taking into account best practices and tools put in place by other United Nations organizations in their strategies towards better environmental performance.