Tagged on: Resource Efficency

Reports and Books
The National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan (2013 – 2017) for Iraq
Ministry of Environment - Republic of Iraq

The Strategy identifies urgent priorities such as protecting and improving the quality of water, soil and air||preserving biodiversity and marine and coastal environment||minimizing oil, radioactive and chemical pollution and waste in general||and developing the institutional and legislative framework. Furthermore, the Strategy has an implementation plan that includes several programs to protect and enhance the environment over the next five years.


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2013
Reports and Books
Small holders, food security and the environment
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Environment Programme

Small holders form a vital part of the global agriculture community yet they are often neglected. The report analyses the food security and environment with respect to small holders.


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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
Recent trends in material flows and resource productivity in Latin America
United Nations Environment Programme

The Latin America region accounts for about 10% of world consumption of primary materials. As a result, developments in this region do not have a major effect on total global extractive pressures. The reverse is not true. Even modest increases in the resources demand of larger regions, where transferred by trade, can have major effects on material flows in Latin America. The findings of this report are based on the first material flows database, which has been specifically designed to cover the great majority of countries in Latin America, as well as additional countries in the Caribbean region, using standardized material flows accounting methodologies.


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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
Reports and Books
The rapid transition to energy efficient lighting: an integrated policy approach
United Nations Environment Programme

Electricity for lighting accounts for almost 20% of electricity consumption and 6% of CO2 emissions worldwide. According to the International Energy Agency, approximately 3% of global oil demand can be attributed to lighting. If not addressed immediately, global energy consumption for lighting will grow by 60% by the year 2030. This would have dramatic consequences for climate change.


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2013
Reports and Books
Integrating the environment in urban planning and management: key principles and approaches for cities in the 21st century
Dodman, David, McGranahan, Gordon, Dalal-Clayton, Barry

Cities can use a range of principles and approaches to integrate the environment in urban planning and management. This report is intended to encourage and support urban decision-makers in this process. It starts with recognizing that action taken in towns and cities is essential for addressing global environmental problems. It accepts that, with an increasing proportion of the world’s population living in urban areas in low- and middle-income countries, these are important sites for engaging with the environment. The report describes the social and economic benefits that can be generated by addressing environmental challenges, and provides convincing evidence to support engagement with these issues.


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2013
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
Serials
UNEP global environmental alert service: October 2013
United Nations Environment Programme

Waste management has become an issue of growing global concern as urban populations continue to increase and consumption patterns change. The health and environmental implications associated with garbage disposal are mounting in urgency, particularly in developing countries. However, the growth of the solid-waste market, increasing resource scarcity and the availability of new technologies are offering opportunities for turning waste into a resource.


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2013
Reports and Books
Enhancing information for renewable energy technology deployment in Brazil, China and South Africa
United Nations Environment Programme

This report documents crucial information to support deployment of renewable energies in three key emerging markets - Brazil, China and South Africa - and provides information for policy-making aimed at supporting renewable energy markets in these countries. Specifically this study collates information on solar and wind resources and resource information, renewable energy support policies and goals, risk management and technologies integral to the increased renewable energy technology deployment.


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2012