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

Since 2012, the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions has put in place practical measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve its overall environmental performance. Overall, since 2010, the Secretariat has reduced its carbon footprint by half, most notably due to promoting online meetings and training activities.

 

 

 

 

Managing waste

The Secretariat participates in the ‘Say Yes to Less’ Campaign towards improving its waste management, specifically, promoting the ‘three Rs’ approach to waste management – reduce, reuse, recycle.

 

 

 

 

Reducing carbon footprint

Greenhouse gas emissions: some key figures

 

2016

2015

2014

2013

Total emissions (tCO2 eq)

338

464

355

697

Per capita emissions (t CO2 eq / personnel)

4.83

7

5

11

% of air travel related emissions

98

99

100

99

Per capita air travel emissions (t CO2 eq / personnel)

4.71

7

5

11

Facility related emission intensity (kg CO2 eq / m2)

5.34

5

1

5

Becoming climate neutral

Certificate

The Secretariat has been implementing the United Nations Climate Neutral Strategy and has been climate neutral since 2013. Under this framework, the Secretariat prepares annual inventories of its greenhouse gas emissions, takes steps to reduce its emissions and offsets unavoidable emissions.

The Secretariat has offset a total of 1,513 tonnes CO2 equivalent generated in 2012, 2013, and 2014 through the UNEP Climate Neutral Strategy. In October 2016, the Secretariat has entered an agreement with the UNFCCC Secretariat for offsetting its 2015 emissions and those projected till 2020. A total of 802 tonnes CO2 equivalent have been offset for the years 2015 and 2016 through this agreement.

The Secretariat’s commitment towards improving environmental performance, including through measuring, reducing and offsetting its climate footprint, is an initiative taken for the long-term, and efforts will continue in the future towards further reducing and offsetting its environmental footprint.

More information on the campaign can be found at the Greening the Blue website here.

Baseline sustainability reports

Reports of the Secretariat’s sustainability team established in 2011 to work on sustainability performance aspects:

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