United Nations Climate Communications Centre – a model of sustainability

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Buntoi is a remote village located in Central Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo, Indonesia. It is one of the poorest areas in the country with almost 40% of inhabitants living in poverty. In addition, the organic wetlands of Central Kalimantan have been threatened by heavy logging and unsustainable agricultural practices have contributed to the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, releasing large amounts of carbon monoxide into the environment.

In 2012, a project was launched by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, along with the United Nations office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia, and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), to build a Climate Communications Centre in Buntoi. This Centre would serve the community and allow local people to connect and share information with one another, and improve their connectivity to the rest of the world. The Centre would also help to combat illegal logging and climate change, and preserve the forests and organic wetlands of Indonesia.

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When the decision was made to build the Climate Communications Centre, organizers wanted to make sure the building would be sustainable. As a result, the Centre was built using local materials and runs entirely on solar power.

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Schneider Electric is proud that our Conext XW inverters, MPPT 60 solar charge controllers, and Conext ComBox monitoring system were chosen for this project by PT Indogreen Technology and Management, who installed the system for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

To learn more about this project, read our case study.