UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava Becomes Carbon Neutral
9 January 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Centre in Bratislava has announced that it has achieved its goal of becoming carbon neutral, based on its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory for 2010. The Centre initiated its greening efforts back in 2004. Its strategy focuses on reducing carbon emissions from travel, office operations, procurement of goods and services, including climate change safeguards for programmes and projects. The UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava is currently implementing a Greening and Emission Reduction Strategy for 2011-2013. It achieved carbon neutrality largely through the introduction of a solar energy station in 2009, which has become the first in the city of Bratislava downtown area. It is estimated that the solar panels generate more than 24,000 kilowatts of power, avoiding 13 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Given the results achieved thus far, UNDP offices in Armenia, Cyprus and Tajikistan are following the example of Bratislava and installing rooftop solar energy stations.[Greening the Blue Press Release] [UNDP Press Release]