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Factsheets
Biodiversity - Factsheet
United Nations Environment Programme, Global Environment Facility

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s vision of a sustainable and equitable future for people and planet depends on the goods and services contributed by the world’s ecosystems and the biodiversity within them. UN Environment is working with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to arrest the decline in biodiversity and conserve ecosystem services for the benefit of current and future generations. We have worked together on over 350 projects, helping more than 150 countries improve and expand their action on biodiversity.


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Annual Reports
International Environmental Technology Centre - Annual Report 2018
United Nations Environment Programme

As outlined in this, first ever annual report, IETC delivered substantial results aligned with the waste management goals in the United Nations Environment Programme’s programme of work, and in particular with resolution 7 of the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly. These have included regional waste management outlooks and global thematic reports as well as substantial work assisting countries and municipalities to improve waste management on the ground.


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Reports and Books
Sustainability Reporting in the Financial Sector: A Governmental Approach
United Nations Environment Programme, Group of Friends of Paragraph 47

This report takes a detailed look at reporting by the financial sector. It explores the variety of laws, regulations, codes and voluntary initiatives that have driven reporting, illustrated through case studies.


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Reports and Books
Solar Water Heating Techscope Market Readiness Assessment
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents a replicable and public methodology to evaluate the solar water heating policy, finance and investment, business, and quality control infrastructure across countries: the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment methodology. This report is intended by be used in concert with an Excel-based evaluation tool, the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Analysis Tool, which can be used to benchmark and evaluate different SWH markets. The SWH TechScope was developed as part of the Global Solar Water Heating (GSWH) Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative.


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Summaries
The Financial System We Need: Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development - Policy Summary
United Nations Environment Programme
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Reports and Books
Apell Worldwide
United Nations Environment Programme

Following various technological accidents in both highly industrialised and industrialising countries which resulted in adverse impacts on the environment, the United Nations Environment Programme Industry and Environment office (UNEP IE) launched the Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level (APELL) programme. This report contains twelve national overviews of APELL or APELLlike activities undertaken to prevent and prepare for technological accidents.


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Reports and Books
Barriers to the Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technologies: A Case Study of the State of Maharashtra, India
United Nations Environment Programme

The rapid economic growth in many Asian countries is significantly increasing the demand for energy. Added to this are the responses to environmental concerns (e.g., local air pollution, and global climate change), increasing interest by consumers and the government's support for the use of renewable energy technologies. At the same time, utility restructuring and privatization are leading to heightened retail competition among energy suppliers and increasing the role of consumers in energy choices. Taken together, these factors have created an opportunity for effective marketing o f the environmental benefits o f renewable energy technologies.


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Factsheets
Climate Change Mitigation - Factsheet
United Nations Environment Programme

The world knows all too well the threat that climate change poses to human health, economies and the environment. United action is needed to hit the 1.5°C temperature rise target. Together, UN Environment and the GEF are providing the technical know-how, funding and implementation experience needed to improve energy efficiency, promote renewable energy, and encourage low-carbon technologies. From transport, to power generation, to energy efficient homes, industries and cities, they have worked together on more than 140 projects. UN Environment-led projects funded under the current GEF 6 cycle alone have mitigated CO2-equivalent emissions of almost 7.5 million tonnes to date.


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Reports and Books
Single-Use Plastics: A Roadmap for Sustainability
United Nations Environment Programme

The benefits of plastic are undeniable. The material is cheap, lightweight and easy to make. These qualities have led to a boom in the production of plastic over the past century. This trend will continue as global plastic production skyrockets over the next 10 to 15 years. We are already unable to cope with the amount of plastic waste we generate, unless we rethink the way we manufacture, use and manage plastics. Ultimately, tackling one of the biggest environmental scourges of our time will require governments to regulate, businesses to innovate and individuals to act.
This paper sets out the latest thinking on how we can achieve this. It looks at what governments, businesses and individuals have achieved at national and sub-national levels to curb the consumption of single-use plastics. It offers lessons that may be useful for policymakers who are considering regulating the production and use of single-use plastics.


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Reports and Books
Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity: Assessment Report for the UNEP International Resource Panel
United Nations Environment Programme, International Resource Panel

This report finds that global material use has tripled over the past four decades, with annual global extraction of materials growing from 22 billion tonnes (1970) to 70 billion tonnes (2010). It also provides a new material footprint indicator, reporting the amount of materials that are required for final consumption, which sheds light on the true impact of economies. By relating global supply chains to final demand for resources, the indicator is a good proxy for the average material standard of living in a country. It indicates that the level of development and well-being in wealthy industrial countries has been achieved largely through highly resource-intensive patterns of consumption and production, which are not sustainable, even less replicable to other parts of the world.


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