UN General Assembly Reduces Paper Consumption

18 April 2011: The UN Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) has announced the results of the introduction of cost-effective and environmentally-friendly technologies in its offices. The activities aimed to promote the UN Secretary-General's vision of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Activities include the introduction of digital documentation, including an e-subscription portal whereby users can receive documents electronically. According to DGACM, achievements in 2011 include a 42% reduction in the number of page impressions, down from 46 million to 26.7 million, avoiding the use of ten million sheets of paper; and a saving of 3.8 million gallons of water. [UN Greening the Blue Press Release]