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FAO Corporate Environmental Responsibility Strategy 2020-2030









  • reducing global emissions related to FAO operations by 45percent by 2030;
  • environmental mainstreaming in programmes and operations;
  • integrating environmental sustainability in procurement processes, project design and staff core competencies;
  • reconsidering travel policies to significantly reduce travel-related GHG emissions;
  • addressing energy use by increasing the use of renewables and avoiding the use of diesel generators, while at the same time reducing energy needs through behavioural changes and awareness campaigns;
  • improving waste management and water use by enhancing efforts to monitor, meter and report water usage and waste production while encouraging the implementation of efficiency measures and improving waste treatment.



​FAO. 2021. FAO Corporate Environmental Responsibility Strategy 2020-2030. Rome​



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