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Fighting climate change with inauguration of a solar photo voltaic power system at FAO HQ

New system funded by Germany will help reduce environmental impact and financial costs by increasing efficiency

18 October 2016, Rome – A new photo voltaic power system donated by Germany will help reducing FAO’s environmental impact and financial costs by increasing efficiency and integrating sustainability into its daily operations and contribute to the implementation of the 2030 agenda.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, today inaugurated the new photo voltaic system with Germany’s Director-General for Economy and Sustainable Development, Miguel Berger,  the country’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to FAO,  Hinrich Tholken, and the head of the division for Renewable energy and Energy-efficient Mobility, Frank Oliver.

“I believe photovoltaic installations like the one here at FAO HQ can serve as an example and help in the implementation of the 2030 agenda. Renewable solutions can make great contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Developmean Goals,” said Miguel Berguer.

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

“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.”

The project comprises 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.