No Impact Week at ADB

Event | 14 - 18 January 2013 ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines

ADB joins thousands of people and institutions from around the world who have done a one-week carbon cleanse to reconsider their consumption habits and lessen their impact on the environment.

From 14-18 January, 2013, ADB holds No Impact Week, contributing to the global No Impact Project campaign that seeks to reduce an individual's, and an organization's, environmental impact and make its operations and personnel more carbon neutral.

The No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse, a chance for people to see what a difference no-impact living can have on their quality of life. Nearly 1,400 ADB personnel have signed up for the No Impact experiment to try more sustainable options for their transport, food choices, energy, and water use.

Make a change

To kick-off this campaign, ADB staff who already try to minimize their carbon footprint, shared their green habits and why they do them on ADB's No Impact Facebook page. They walk, bike and take public transport instead of driving their cars to work. They avoid plastic by bringing their own eco-bags. They consciously minimize water use, make the right food choices, and try to watch their overall consumption of food, paper, and other resources.

"The goal of the week is to raise awareness about our consumption and get people to change their behaviors in small, and big, ways," says Woochong Um, Deputy Director General of ADB's Regional and Sustainable Development Department. "We very much want to build on and amplify long-term sustainable development projects in ADB headquarters and in our operations, as well as motivate other organizations, schools, and companies in Asia to do their own no impact weeks."

Energy efficient organization

Through its work in Asia and the Pacific region, ADB has made environmentally sustainable development a priority. ADB is the first multilateral development bank to earn both ISO 14001 and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications. At its Manila headquarters, energy consumption has been lowered on a per staff basis thanks to initiatives including rooftop solar panels, air conditioning chiller replacement, and rainwater harvesting.

Since 2007, ADB has reduced electricity consumption per staff at its 28-year old headquarters by 4%, using efficient heating, ventilation and airconditioning equipment, LED bulbs and solar power.

ADB's rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant project generates 613 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity per year, supplying the ADB HQ complex with part of its power requirements. ADB also started using hybrid cars, ultra-low emission vehicles, in its fleet of vehicles in 2010.

How It Works

Each day of the week has a specific theme:

Monday, 14 January - Trash: Stop making trash

Tuesday, 15 January - Transport: Switch to more sustainable transport

Wednesday, 16 January - Food: Eat local, eat less meat

Thursday, 17 January - Energy: Conserve energy

Friday, 18 January - Water: Consume less water

Participants sign-up for the No Impact Week challenge and commit to activities based on each day's theme. Each day builds on the day before, so by Friday participants will have tried to consume less, produce less trash, and make more sustainable choices in terms of energy use, food and water consumption, and transportation.

Target participants

All ADB staff, consultants, and contractors. External guests will be invited to observe. These include but are not limited to:

  • university students and professors,
  • representatives from the private sector,
  • NGO's,
  • and local governments.