UN headquarters cuts back on air con

Posted by Laura Grant on August 4, 2008
Posted in Green News

UN headquarters. By Padraic Ryan Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0

Temperatures at the United Nations headquarters in New York will be raised this month, by three degrees – from 22C to 25C – as part of a plan to drastically cut air conditioning use. And air con will be switched off in the 39-storey building on weekends, reports AFP. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon thoughtfully has relaxed the dress codes so people can wear light clothing instead of suits to work. The idea is to save on energy costs and help prevent climate change. If all goes well in the warmer building, the “Cool UN” initiative could be extended for a full year, AFP reports. In winter the thermostat will be lowered. This could save the UN a million dollars and cut the building’s emissions by 2,800 tonnes, the report says.

Photograph of UN headquarters. By Padraic Ryan, Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0

Via :: TerraDaily


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