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Projects

Since 2008, FAO has been active in implementing several green projects that helped reduce the Organization's environmental impact. A few examples follow.

Energy Efficiency and Shift to Renewables

  • Solar PV installations to reduce reliance on fuel and ensure business continuity;
  • Lighting upgrades to utilize more efficient systems and reduce electricity consumption;
  • Building facade improvements to improve insulation and staff comfort;
  • Meeting room and common area improvements include smart control systems and sensors;
  • Major equipment upgrades such as elevators, heating and air conditioning units;
  • Investment in renewable energy sources through Guarantees of Origin (GO);
  • Advanced energy monitoring systems.

Circular Economy: Sustainable Waste Management and Procurement

  • Life-cycle analysis and environmental standards incorporated into procurement process where possible without compromising best value for the money principle;
  • Awareness raising through Sustainable Procurement Training;
    UN-wide collaboration and framework agreements for sustainable vendors and partners;
  • Reducing the overall amount of waste produced;
  • Reusing materials when possible;
  • Ongoing communication and awareness raising to recycle properly and habitually.

Water Management

  • Further water-saving solutions;
  • Awareness-raising on water scarcity and sustainable use of water in urban contexts.

Travel and Transportation

  • Paper-smart and plastic-free conferences;
  • Sustainable menus during cocktails and coffee-breaks;
  • Awareness raising towards visitors and attendees to encourage participation in this initiative;
  • Offsetting carbon emissions associated with events.

Sustainable Procurement

  • Life-cycle analysis and environmental standards incorporated into procurement process where possible without compromising best value for the money principle;
  • Awareness raising through Sustainable Procurement Training;
  • UN-wide collaboration and framework agreements for sustainable vendors and partners;
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Sustainable Events

  • Reduction of waste associated with meetings and conferences resulting from printing and also plastic water bottles;
  • Incorporating energy and efficiency measures such as lighting in the meeting room as well as smart control systems;
  • Use of sustainable materials for furniture such as bamboo and other eco-friendly products in conference rooms;
  • Awareness raising towards visitors and attendees to encourage participation in this initiative;
  • Offsetting carbon emissions associated with events.

Environmental Management Systems

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) have the potential to help FAO achieve robust, continuous and long-term improvements in environmental performance. In line with the ISO-14001 and EMAS standards, FAO has developed an EMS for Headquarters and it is working on systems for Regional Offices as well.