Climate change and human health

WHO Carbon Footprint Report

World Health Organization

Publication details

Publication date: 2009
Languages: English



Environmental Resources Management Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd (ERM) was commissioned to support the World Health Organization (WHO) in the development of a global framework to facilitate the reduction of the carbon footprint and total environmental impact of its offices and operations globally. The project covered the following offices:

  • WHO Head Quarters Geneva, Switzerland;
  • WHO Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;
  • WHO Kobe, Japan; and
  • WHO Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This study makes use of the carbon footprint calculators developed by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). This includes both the UN Carbon Footprint Calculator as well as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Flight Calculator. This study covers carbon emissions that arise due to activities under the direct operational control of WHO. This includes emissions over which the organisation’s offices have influence as well as various, but not all, indirect carbon emissions that arise due to its activities:

  • Vehicle use;
  • Power generation;
  • Refrigeration / air conditioning;
  • Purchased electricity;
  • Purchased heat / steam; and
  • Air, road and rail business travel.

The WHO Carbon Footprint for the period 1 January 2008 – 31 December 2008 was 23,668 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e).Results of the full study will be published shortly.