UN to go green by cutting on AC
Fighting global warming should start at the top and to set an example the United nations have decided to remove Air-conditioners from the headquarters office in NY. UN is exhorting its staff and representative's of different countries to less formally and leave their their ties off. The initiative will last for one month and expected to reduce 10 percent reduction in energy consumption.
The culture of stiff collar and smart suits in summer might be over at the United Nations as it ratchets up thermostat on weeks days and completely shuts down the air-conditioning during weekends to help reduce greenhouse gas emission and save USD one million.
Unveiling the "Cool UN" initiative, the world body advised diplomats, staff and journalist to wear lighter clothes as the air conditioning temperature would be raised from 22 to 25 degrees centigrade from August one.
The UN could save USD one million annually if the experiment is successful.
If the one month trial is successful, the United Nations intends to reduce the heating temperature also which would make the headquarters comparatively cooler in winter.
Asked for their comment, diplomats demurred but said they would accept the higher temperature.
"We have succeeded in moving climate change to the top of the international agenda for action, and this means that the UN must take action itself," said Ban.