UNEP Environmental Management System (EMS)
Environmental sustainability is a never-ending journey, where continuous improvement and developments should always take place and bring up new achievements and challenges. Our journey started with becoming climate neutral in 2008 and achieving 3% year-on-year GHG emissions reduction as of 2010. Climate neutrality was a first and important step towards reducing the environmental impact of our operations, and in 2015 we took the next step towards systematic environmental management.
In August 2015, UNEP signed the organization’s Environmental Policy and developed and Environmental Management System (EMS) for its operations. The UNEP EMS is conceived as a set of actions to be implemented in most UNEP offices and its awareness and communication activities are aimed at all UNEP staff. The EMS policy defines the scope and boundaries of the EMS and states the commitment of UNEP to reducing its environmental footprint by establishing a comprehensive, systematic, planned and documented set of processes.
UNEP has committed to monitor, measure and manage its environmental performance year-on-year, to seek continuous improvement, and be able to take timely corrective actions. To achieve these goals, UNEP staff commitment and support is of utmost importance.