UNDP harnesses green energy to reduce its carbon footprint in Kazakhstan
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kazakhstan has installed a solar power plant with a capacity of 25 kilowatts on the roof of the UN building in the capital city, reports Strategy2050.kz.
It will produce up to 20 percent of green electricity from the total electricity consumption of the building and will reduce annual CO2 emissions by 11.5 tons.
The solar plant has been installed with financial support from UNDP headquarters, as well as from several United Nations agencies, including the office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan, the International Organization for Migration, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, whose offices are located in the UN building in Nur-Sultan.
UNDP expects this initiative to serve as an example for local organizations inspiring them to take action to reduce their carbon footprint.
According to Yakup Beris, UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan, “Both in Kazakhstan and around the world, UNDP supports countries in improving and implementing climate and environmental policies and implements projects in the field of sustainable development. In addition, through corporate interventions, such as the Greening Moonshot initiative, we confirm our commitment to low carbon development to achieve a balance for people and nature. We hope that our efforts will serve as an example for other organizations across the country."
Considering the country's ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, this initiative will contribute to the UN system’s priority to promote the use of small renewable energy sources by organizations and private households.
UNDP, as a leading agency in the fight against climate change, is committed to “walk the talk” by demonstrating that it runs its operations in a resources-efficient, sustainable, and accountable way. In 2019, UNDP committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from global operations, including building maintenance, in all UNDP offices around the world by 25 percent by 2025 and by 50 percent by 2030.
In addition to the installation of renewable energy sources, UNDP’s reduction of the carbon footprint in Kazakhstan is achieved through the formation of a more environmentally friendly corporate culture: for example, holding online and hybrid events, choosing more environmentally friendly types of movement and transport, sorting out waste, saving energy, heat, and water and planting trees.
Today more than 20 of the 167 UNDP country offices have installed green energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to enhance office energy security. Globally, UNDP offices have more than 1.4 MWp of photovoltaic solar panels generating 2.7 GWh/year of clean, affordable, and reliable electricity, while reducing GHG emissions by more than 1,000 tons CO2e and avoiding around US$600,000 in energy costs per year.