MOVING TOWARDS A CLIMATE NEUTRAL UN Acknowledgements
This publication is the result of the collective effort of over a thousand staff members from across the UN system who have pooled their expertise, skills and know-how in service of the organization as a whole and to support efforts to combat climate change. It has brought together staff from within each organization, from the climate neutral focal point in each agency, to facility managers, staff from travel units, procurement, engineering, as well as the senior staff who have cham- pioned the process.
Countless hours of work have gone into the prepara- tion and use of the greenhouse gas calculators, emis- sions reductions guides and other tools, the provision of training, and putting into place data collection systems.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Envi- ronment Management Group secretariat is grateful to the World Bank, which has been climate neutral since 2006, for playing an instrumental role in launching the UN’s climate neutral initiative by hosting the kick-off meeting and generously sharing its experience.
Acknowledgement is also made for the information and data used in the UN Greenhouse Gas Calculator from the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United States En- vironmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Climate Lead- ers Programme and the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the considerable time commitment from staff of the United Nations Department of Field Support/In- formation and Communications Technology Division (DFS/ICTD) to develop the UN Greenhouse Gas Calcu- lator, the UN greenhouse gas database and reporting tool. UNEP would also like to express its appreciation to the secretariat of the International Civil Aviation Orga- nization (ICAO) for the development and maintenance of a custom-built interface to the ICAO Aviation Carbon Emissions Calculator for use by UN system organiza- tions. UNEP is grateful to the Government of Norway for financial support for the climate-neutral initiative.
Special thanks are due to the climate neutral focal points and their colleagues across the UN system, the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team and the UN Chief Executives Board secretariat.