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UNOG’s green project to use lake water to cool offices

Official launch of the project “Genève-Lac-Nations” (GLN) at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

A few weeks after UNOG received the prestigious environmental award “Nature Reserve Certificate” from the Swiss non-profit organization “Fondation Nature & Economie” for its maintenance of the Ariana Park, Mr. Sergei A. Ordzhonikidze, Director-General, UNOG and Mr. Robert Cramer, State Councillor, Republic and canton of Geneva, officially launched the “Genève-Lac-Nations” (GLN) at UNOG, on Wednesday 29 July 2009.

This project, developed by the “Services Industriels de Genève” (SIG), aims to use renewable energy, i.e. water from Lake Geneva, to cool the Palais des Nations and its conference rooms, as well as the International Labour Office (ILO) building. In a second phase, the GLN grid will also be used to supply renewable energy, i.e. water from Lake Geneva, to the heat pumps, which will supply heating for the new buildings in the Nations area, such as the “Collège Sismondi”, the “Maison de la Paix”, and the extension of the Word Trade Organization (WTO) building.

On this occasion, the Director-General of UNOG, Mr. Sergei A. Ordzhonikidze, and the Geneva State Councillor, Mr. Robert Cramer, opened the exhibition entitled “Greening the United Nations in Geneva”, in the Passerelle between the new and the old building of the Palais des Nations. This exhibition, created by the UNOG Library, shows through photographs the different steps of the project “Genève-Lac-Nations”. It also points out other actions undertaken by UNOG towards making its premises more climate neutral.


From left to right : Mr. Pierre Le Loarer, President, Cultural Activities Committee, and Chief Librarian UNOG,
Mr. Sergei A. Ordzhonikidze, Director-General, UNOG,
Mr. Anatoli Kondrachov, Chief, Central Support Services, UNOG, and
Mr. Robert Cramer, State Councillor, Republic and Canton of Geneva.


These achievements are concrete actions, which follow the policies of the Secretary-General to protect the environment and fight global warming.

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On the occasion of the lunch of the campaign “Copenhagen: Seal the Deal!”, the Director-General of UNOG and the Geneva State Councillor signed the climate petition on the campaign's web site.

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