Tagged on: Resource Efficency

Reports and Books
Environmental risks and challenges of anthropogenic metals flows and cycles
United Nations Environment Programme

This report focuses on the impact of metals on the environment as well as on their life cycle energy use. Currently primary metals production is responsible for 7 8 % of the total global energy use as well as for severe local environmental impacts. The report suggests to apply best available technologies and to increase recycling of metals, which not only requires significantly less energy per kg metal produced than primary production but also helps decreasing the overall local impacts of mining.


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2013
Reports and Books
Africa Environment Outlook 3: our environment, our health
United Nations Environment Programme

The Third Africa Environment Outlook (AEO-3), analyses the importance of, and interlinkages between, health and environment and the opportunities and synergies that might be derived from intensified collaboration between the two sectors. It uses the Drivers, Pressures, State, Exposure, Effects and Actions (DPSEEA) analytical framework to undertake an integrated analysis of the state and trends covering the themes of air quality, biodiversity, chemicals and waste, climate change and variability, coastal and marine resources, freshwater and sanitation as well as land. It also illustrates how socio-economic driving forces can generate environmental pressures, leading to altered ecosystem states, personal exposure to risks and adverse health effects.


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2013
Annual Reports
Asian Development Bank Sustainability Report 2013: Investing in Asia and the Pacific's Future
Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Sustainability Report has been issued every 2 years since 2007. The current Sustainability Report contains selected performance highlights of ADB's operations and corporate footprint during 2011-2012. The Sustainability Report is accompanied by its expanded online version that provides a more detailed review of ADB's sustainability performance and includes an extensive response to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Throughout the expanded online version, hyperlinks provide access to further information on the ADB website www.adb.org and elsewhere.


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2013
GEO
GEO-5 for youth: acting for a better world
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication is not just about the environment or its problems. It is also about acting together for change. Its aim is to show that there is hope and that successes are happening every day. Our understanding of the interdependence between our planet and ourselves has also been transformed. The report is presented in a way that can be easily understood with ideas on how to address environmental problems.


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2013
Annual Reports
UNEP 2012 annual report
United Nations Environment Programme

The 2012 Annual Report details UNEP's wide-ranging activities in what proved to be the most momentous year in the organizations history. At Rio+20, Heads of State and governments decided to strengthen and upgrade UNEP. This was followed by the adoption of a resolution at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly later in the year that granted UNEP universal membership and called for increased resources. The report details UNEPs work across its six thematic areas: Climate Change, Disasters and Conflicts, Ecosystem Management, Environmental Governance, Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste, Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Consumption and Production. It also highlights the key role UNEP plays in providing environmental leadership to the UN system and the international community, showcasing dozens of collaborative initiatives that drive the agenda of international environmental governance.


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2013
Annual Reports
Environment Operational Directions 2013–2020
Asian Development Bank

In the context of Strategy 2020 and in the follow-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), ADB prepared the report Environment Operational Directions, 2013–2020. The report aims to provide a coherent overview of its environment operations and to articulate how it will step up efforts to help the region achieve a transition to environmentally sustainable growth or green growth. Building on ADB sector and thematic plans, this paper provides a brief review of recent ADB experience in environment operations, and identifies effective approaches for the development of “greener” country partnership strategies, investment projects, and associated knowledge and technical assistance activities. The paper is aligned with key elements of relevant ADB sector and thematic operational plans, particularly for sectors where environmental sustainability is a priority. These include the Sustainable Transport Initiative Operational Plan, the Urban Operational Plan, the Water Operational Plan, the Energy Policy, and the Sustainable Food Security Plan, as well as the Climate Change Strategic Priorities.


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2013
Annual Reports
Asian Development Bank Sustainability Report 2013: Investing in Asia and the Pacific's Future - Expanded version
Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Sustainability Report has been issued every 2 years since 2007. The current Sustainability Report contains selected performance highlights of ADB's operations and corporate footprint during 2011-2012. The Sustainability Report is accompanied by its expanded online version that provides a more detailed review of ADB's sustainability performance and includes an extensive response to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Throughout the expanded online version, hyperlinks provide access to further information on the ADB website www.adb.org and elsewhere.


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2013
Reports and Books
Green economy: an analysis of challenges and opportunities
United Nations Environment Programme, UNDESA, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 marked the first time that the special characteristics of SIDS were paid significant attention and were recognized as a distinct group. In 1994, the first Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of SIDS was held in Barbados, under the auspices of the United Nations. It resulted in the adoption of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA), which recognized the unique and particular vulnerabilities of SIDS and identified the sustainable development challenges SIDS face. The BPOA explicitly identified key areas requiring urgent action.


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2013
Reports and Books
Global trends in renewable energy 2013
United Nations Environment Programme, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

This report presents the global trends in renewable energy in 2013.


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2013
Annual Reports
Annuaire sur l’Environnement et les Ressources Naturelles du Sénégal
Ministère de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable - Senegal

Toujours engagé résolument dans une dynamique réelle d’élaboration et de mise en oeuvre de politiques et programmes dont l’objectif ultime est d’améliorer durablement les conditions et le cadre de vie des populations, le Sénégal a successivement élaboré plusieurs documents de planification stratégique importants tels que le PNAE, le PAN/LCD, la Stratégie de Croissance Accélérée et le DSRP II entre autres. La mise en oeuvre de ces plans et programmes requiert cependant l’utilisation de données fiables, pertinentes et actuelles. Ceci se traduit par une demande en informations, notamment sur l’environnement et les ressources naturelles, de plus en plus importante du fait, entre autres, des fortes pressions sur des ressources dans un contexte de changement climatique. C’est dans ce cadre que le Ministère en charge de l’Environnement élabore la troisième édition de l’«Annuaire sur l’Environnement et les Ressources Naturelles du Sénégal» dont la mise à jour doit être périodique de manière à prendre en compte les changements intervenus afin de mettre à la disposition des utilisateurs une base de données actualisées sur l’état de l’environnement du pays. D’où l’objet de la présente réactualisation des données sur l’Environnement et les Ressources Naturelles au Sénégal dont la coordination est assurée par le Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE). Pour cela, le CSE a travaillé en étroite collaboration avec plusieurs directions techniques et instituts de recherche ayant des informations pertinentes sur l’environnement et les ressources naturelles


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2013