The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) is the second largest United Nations centre after the United Nations Headquarters in New York. UNOG is housed in the Palais des Nations, an outstanding testimony to twentieth century architecture, situated in a beautiful park in Geneva overlooking Lake Geneva, with a splendid view of the Alps and, on a clear day, the Mont Blanc.
Greening the United Nations in Geneva.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon committed the United Nations to the creation of its own internal practices for making the Organization more climate neutral. During the past years much has been done to decrease UNOG’s energy consumption and CO2 emissions. UNOG also pursues its actions in order to develop the use of renewable energy. The most significant initiatives and achievements are for instance :
• Cooling of the buildings with the water of the Leman Lake.
• Fuel oil has been replaced by natural gas for winter heating.
• Replacement of the lighting fixtures at the Palais des Nations with energy efficient ones.
• Replacement of the flushes of the toilets.
• Recycling programme for waste is on-going
• Bees have produced UN honey for the first time in 2013.