UNDP partner Arup awarded by the UK Guardian for research in Montenegro

May 16, 2014

Our HIV/AIDS project gets praised for reducing carbon footprint in health sector

UNDP-administered Global Fund HIV and Tuberculosis (GFATM) grant in Montenegro was recognized by the UK Guardian for its contribution towards reducing carbon footprint in health sector.

Arup, a global firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, was yesterday announced Consultancy of the Year for 2014 by the UK Guardian Sustainable Business Awards. The prestigious accolade recognizes a consultancy for delivery of multiple outstanding projects that have enabled clients to drive innovation rewards and impact in their sustainability initiatives.

Among three global projects submitted to the panel of judges was Arup’s groundbreaking research with UNDP to measure and analyze the carbon footprint of UNDP-administered Global Fund HIV and Tuberculosis (GFATM) grants in Montenegro and Tajikistan. The undertaking also identified areas for action on climate change mitigation.

“We are proud to be one of the projects that was identified for this prestigious award,” said Cihan Sultanoğlu, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. “UNDP is committed to lowering its own emissions in its operations. Our partnership with Arup and the results of this study will contribute significantly to achieving this goal.”

UNDP supports countries in ‘greening’ their economies and lowering their carbon emissions, but it is also working in the field of global public health: UNDP is a principal recipient of grants from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria providing prevention and treatment services to millions of people living with HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in more than 25 countries amounting to $1.6 billion.

As an important actor in the field of global public health, UNDP is keen to set a good example and analyze how its health-related work contributes to climate change through the emission of greenhouse gases. The next step, obviously, is to look at ways to reduce the carbon footprint of our health-related work.

That’s why UNDP commissioned a study of its Global Fund HIV and tuberculosis projects in Montenegro and Tajikistan. Together with consultants from Arup, we used standard methods of greenhouse gas accounting, as well as innovative ways to apply them for the first time in the specific context of a global health programme.

The report reveals that activities within the Response to HIV-AIDS project in Montenegro resulted in overall lower carbon intensity. This indicates that UNDP in Montenegro effectively acts as a grant distribution organization for global health initiatives, within the framework of international and national guidelines, the existing national health system capacities, as well as policies and regulations of the global health financing institution- the GFATM.

For more information:

Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2014

Arup’s project for UNDP

Report: Carbon footprint of UNDP administered Global Fund HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis grants in Montenegro and Tajikistan – Project Summary, 2013 - UNDP, Arup

Blog post: Leading by example: Greening the health sector- November 29, 2013 by Dr. Christoph Hamelmann, John Macauley and Anna Boelens

Presentation: Global consultation on environmentally friendly procurement in the health sector, Dr. Christoph Hamelmann, Pharmaceuticals in the Environment – Options for Action, Geneva, Switzerland, 9 April 2014

Presentation: Greening the Health Sector – Global Health Initiatives and Climate Change, Dr. Christoph Hamelmann, 2nd Meeting Working Group Climate Change and Health European Environment and Health Task Force, Bonn, Germany 9 December 2013

Contact information

Media Contact (New York City):
Dylan Lowthian, UNDP Office of Communications, tel. +1 212-906-5516 dylan.lowthian@undp.org

Technical Contact (Istanbul):

Dr. Christoph Hamelmann, Regional HIV, Health and Development Team Leader, Regional Centre for Europe and Central Asia christoph.hamelmann@undp.org

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