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Actions to reduce the carbon footprint of the conference, COP 20/CMP 10

The UNFCCC secretariat is committed to sustainable development practices such as the improved management of operations and facilities. The UN as a whole and the UNFCCC itself have mandates to strive to increase sustainability efforts and cut carbon footprint.

The UNFCCC secretariat has achieved its aim of full climate neutrality through emissions avoidance and reduction, plus an offsetting scheme using Adaptation Fund Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) for the remaining balance.

The UNFCCC secretariat is continuing its efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the conference and minimize wastage of all resources, including paper, related to it. Participants in the UNFCCC process are invited to be part of this effort and your cooperation and support are highly appreciated.

Actions to reduce the carbon footprint of the conference

Representatives in a position to do so are invited to consider offsetting the carbon footprint associated with their attendance at the conference. Where possible, arrange group pick-up to and from the hotel. The secretariat will purchase CERs and cancel an amount equivalent to its overall carbon footprint, thereby offsetting its greenhouse gas emissions including those caused by travel to Lima of staff and funded participants.

If possible, choose a hotel that is operated in an environmentally responsible manner.
Shipment allowance

In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the conference, and due to logistical considerations such as storage, the secretariat will not be in a position to receive shipments in excess of a cumulative total weight of 150 kg per Party and observer organization. Parties or observer organizations organizing 'areas'1 within delegation offices on a commercial basis will be permitted an extra allowance of 50 kg per 'area'. Detailed information on consignments and shipping, including on customs clearance, will be made available in due course.

Recommendations on paper use and recycling

Participants are encouraged to print only what is minimally necessary prior to the sessions. Once on site in Lima, request only essential documents from the Documentation Services Desk. Print and photocopy on both sides and keep the font size to a legible minimum. Collect and re-use paper that has print on one side only. Any paper used (e.g. for promotional material, programmes, signs) should be 100 per cent recycled, with a minimum of 65 per cent of post-consumer waste content and totally or elemental chlorine free.

The use of colour paper should be avoided. Use the waste collectors provided during the session and recycle items such as bottles, cans and paper.

Distribution of paper documents in general

Efforts are being made to reduce paper consumption. In this context, participants – including exhibitors – are requested to distribute limited amounts of paper documents only if and where necessary. Instead, the secretariat recommends the use of USB flash drives and CD-ROMs for the dissemination of information.

For the distribution of publications and other information materials at exhibit stands or side events, the secretariat encourages organizers to use the web-posting function of the Side Events and Exhibits Online Registration System (SEORS) and upload electronic publications onto the UNFCCC website. This function also allows advertising and reporting of side events.

Distribution of materials through pigeonholes

Pigeon holes for Parties, UN and IGOs have been discontinued at the sessions of the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol. Messages may be conveyed and collected at the information desk, located in the conference venue. Participants are kindly requested to check regularly with the information desk for this purpose.

Side event schedules will be announced through the UNFCCC website, the Side Events and Exhibits brochure, the CCTV monitors listing the day’s events, and the free UNFCCC iPhone/iPad application 'Negotiator'. Information on outside events may also be posted on the UNFCCC website. Please note that the secretariat strongly encourages materials in electronic/ digital format (USB flash drives, CD-ROMs, etc.).

Electronic dissemination of information

Please note that daily updates on the negotiations such as ENB, ECO, and TWN will mainly be disseminated in electronic formats. In order to facilitate access, the secretariat will include web links to these updates in the Daily Programme. The publishing organizations may display a copy with Quick Response (QR) codes at their exhibit stand and/or poster boards.

The Daily Programme for the conference will be made available in electronic form only. A PDF version will be made available each morning on the UNFCCC conference website.

Energy conservation
Turn off room lights and IT equipment when not in use and enable energy-saving features.