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Director-General  José Graziano da Silva

Germany donates a solar photovoltaic installation for FAO headquarters

System will help reduce environmental impact and financial costs by increasing efficiency

FAO Director-General with Germany’s Permanent Representative to FAO Hinrich Thölken

27 November 2015, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Germany’s Permanent Representative to FAO Hinrich Thölken today signed an agreement for the supply and installation of a solar photovoltaic system at FAO headquarters valued at an estimated amount of €260 000.

The system will help reducing the Organization’s environmental impact and financial costs by increasing efficiency and integrating sustainability into its daily operations.

“A solar photovoltaic system is an effective way to contribute to this endeavor and demonstrate the Organization’s continuing progress towards climate neutrality,” said FAO Director-General. “Through the donation from Germany of such a system, FAO will further realize this goal.”

This project would entail the installation of thin-film modules on a surface of 1 156 square meters on the roof of the Plenary Hall of the Organization, to provide approximately 85 900 kWh of electricity annually. The electricity produced equates to around € 12 026 in annual savings for the Organization. This will also prevent approximately 33 000 kg of CO2 per year from entering the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the CO2 emissions produced by 2 500 cars moving together during 24 hours.

The donation made by Germany’s government includes materials, transportation, installation, and administrative and technical support services required for the design and preparation of the solar panel.

“The photovoltaic system will produce energy and this electricity will be fed into Rome’s public grid. FAO will be reimbursed in terms of money, resulting in cost reductions for the Organization,” said Ambassador Thölken.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva thanked Germany for itsstrong and continued political and financial support, noting the country is one of FAO’s top-5 resource partners. 

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