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Petitioning Executive Secretary UNFCCC Christiana Figueres and 2 others

Ban Ki-moon: Reduce and compensate all the UN's greenhouse gas emissions


The United Nations is leading the world's efforts to combat climate change. This includes reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions wherever possible. We believe it is also the duty of the UN to compensate the remainder of its emissions by cancelling Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) from clean energy projects.

Letter to
Executive Secretary UNFCCC Christiana Figueres
Chairman PD-Forum Gareth Phillips
Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the activities of the United Nations System of Organisations and compensate the remainder by cancelling CERs from clean energy projects.

Dear Mr Ban Ki-moon,

Thank you for your commitment to tackle global climate change, the initiatives reported on including the transparent reporting of the UN's emissions, and the hard work of your staff in the UNFCCC Secretariat.

I note that some of the UN System of Organisations have periodically taken steps to offset their emissions, for example, UNEP, UNFCCC, UNHQ and WBG. I also note that members of the Project Developer Forum have set an example by voluntarily retiring 25,000 Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) to offset the estimated emissions from 10,000 delegates attending the UN climate change conference in Doha in 2012 ( Thanks to this ground-breaking initiative, 25,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions caused by delegates travelling to and attending the conference have been avoided through additional investment in clean technologies and renewable energy projects in developing countries.

As a sign of the UN's commitment to tackling climate change, I now call on you to show leadership and take urgent action to reduce emissions as far as possible and then cancel CERs equal to the remaining greenhouse gas emissions arising from the activities of the entire UN System of Organisations.