ICAO 2013 Environmental Report - page 206

icao environmental report
2013
At the UN system level, the Chief Executives Board for
Coordination agreed in April 2013 that UN organizations will
gradually implement Environment Management Systems,
focusing on cost efficiencies and short term returns. A
number of organizations are moving towards such an
approach. Some have taken a few very prudent steps,
whereas others have moved more boldly, already obtaining,
or are working towards, ISO certification for their facilities
and operations. Such certification will allow them to establish
a baseline, record progress and savings, and enable them
to be transparent and clear in their communications.
Despite the limited resources available, the joint work done
so far between UNEP-SUN and ICAO is a demonstration of
how, by combining their expertise, UN system organizations
can multiply their skills and obtain significant results. In that
context, the SUN facility, very much appreciates the work
and assistance of ICAO for its support and contribution in
tracking and reducing the aviation GHG emissions from
the UN system operations.
Because the work is done on a system-wide basis, and
the sustainability of individual agencies is only possible
through close interagency cooperation, should ICAO be
willing to move towards a more systematic approach to
emissions and footprint reduction, support from the SUN
facility and sharing of experiences with other organizations
will be there to assist them.
chapter 8
partnerships and cooperation with other organizations
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Environmental Sustainability Management within ICAO
ICAO monitors its carbon emissions and annually updates its greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory by estimating the
Secretariat’s carbon footprint using the ICAO Carbon Emissions Calculator (see article ICAO Environmental Tools,
Chapter 1 in this report) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) GHG emissions calculator. The total ICAO
carbon footprint in 2012 was 6,177 tonnes of CO
2
emissions, with staff air travel accounting for almost 50% of the total
inventory. The ICAO per capita GHG emissions were 8.6 tCO
2
/staff.
Through formalized policies regarding its operations, the Organization continues to work to further reduce its environmental
impact and improve its sustainability management.
For example, ICAO has recently adopted a number of measures across the Organization that are generating financial savings
while contributing to efforts to lower the Organization’s carbon emissions. These efforts include the adoption of measures
to achieve a paperless environment, such as the implementation of an integrated print-on-demand (and reprint-on demand)
system, which thus far has reduced the inventory of printed documents by 65%, and the establishment of a “paperless”
process to distribute documents to ICAO bodies, which has resulted in a 90% reduction in the reproduction and distribution
of documentation. Office space has been reallocated to maximize efficiency, reduce energy consumption and improve access
to natural light, and a policy to procure office furnishings made of recycled materials has also been implemented. In addition,
between 2010 and 2011 ICAO achieved a reduction of approximately 5% in flight-related GHG emissions per staff member
per kilometre. To achieve this, ICAO revised internal policies and restricted eligibility for business class tickets so that only
staff travelling for over nine hours are eligible for business class travel.
ICAO will continue to lead by example in support of the implementation of sustainability management practices within the
UN system through the quantification of its climate footprint, by actively taking steps toward reducing its footprint and by
providing other sister Organizations the best available information and tools to enable the accurate quantification of emissions
reductions from air travel.
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