Tagged on: Resource Efficency

Reports and Books
Moving towards a climate neutral UN: the UN systems footprint and efforts to reduce it
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents most recent analysis of the UN's performance in implementing the UN's Climate Neutral Strategy. It includes the details of the greenhouse gas emissions for 54 entities in 2010, as well as a breakdown of emissions by activity. It also details progress in reducing emissions and plans for the future.


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2012
Serials
Tunza Vol. 10.3: Food: Waste not, want not
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP magazine for youth.


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2012
Reports and Books
Green Economy in a Blue World: Synthesis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

The Green Economy in a Blue World report analyzes how key sectors that are interlinked with the marine and coastal environment – the blue world –can make the transition towards a Green Economy. The findings underline that a shift to sustainability in terms of improved human wellbeing and social equity can lead to healthier and more economically productive oceans that can simultaneously benefit coastal communities and ocean-linked industries.


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2012
Reports and Books
Measuring water use in a green economy
United Nations Environment Programme

Water is an essential resource for virtually all aspects of human enterprise, from agriculture via urbanization to energy and industrial production. Equally, the many uses for water create pressures on the natural systems. In this context, enhanced water productivity and management is a major challenge not only for direct water users, water managers and policy makers but also for businesses and final consumers. In most parts of the world, however, the development of consistent water accounting systems both from the production and consumption perspective is in its infancy. This report analyses the different ways for quantifying and accounting for water flows and productivity within the economy (including environmental needs). Based on data from the literature, the report provides the current state of knowledge of the different indicators and tools for quantifying water productivity and highlights why this is important for developing robust allocation and management systems that preserve the natural capital. It is therefore an important piece of work to inform the discussions on decoupling economic growth from water use and impacts and the debate on resource productivity indicators going beyond GDP and carbon that underpin a green economy. The report focuses on two main elements: 1) the conceptual background and knowledge on how water use puts pressure on the environment||2) methodologies to quantify water availability and use and how this influences ecosystems.


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2012
Reports and Books
Poverty-Environment Initiative: annual progress report 2011
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

Continued integration of pro-poor environmental sustainability issues into development processes is at the core of the work of the joint United Nations Development Programme United Nations Environment Programme Poverty-Environment Initiative (UNDP-UNEP PEI). PEI is an exemplar of how to articulate social, economic and environmental sustainability in development policies and plans at the country level. The year 2011 has been a critical one in accomplishing the transition from making the case for the integration of poverty-environment objectives into key development issues and actually making this integration happen. This report highlights many of the successes and some of the challenges PEI has faced during 2011.


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2012
Yearbooks and Frontiers
UNEP Year Book 2012: emerging issues in our global environment
United Nations Environment Programme

The UNEP Year Book 2012 shows that we have been experiencing an exceptional level of ecological extremes. However, scientists and policy makers have been making headway on addressing some of the most pressing environmental issues. The 2012 Year Book presents the most important events and developments from the year, gives a picture of the status of key environmental indicators, and also highlights two emerging issues in detail: the benefits of soil carbon and the decommissioning of nuclear power plants. The Year Book is intended to strengthen the science-policy interface by informing interested parties about the most relevant environmental issues.


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2012
GEO
GEO-5 summary for policy makers
United Nations Environment Programme

This report is a summary for policy makers. It highlights the findings of the fifth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) report.


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2012
Reports and Books
Our Planet 40 years of WED
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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2012
Our Planet
Rio+20: Where the World Stands Now - Our Planet September 2012
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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2012
Reports and Books
A practical framework for planning pro-development climate policy
United Nations Environment Programme

MCA4climate is a major new UNEP initiative providing practical assistance to governments in preparing their climate change mitigation and adaptation plans and strategies. It aims to help governments, particularly in developing countries, identify policies and measures that are low cost, environmentally effective and consistent with national development goals. It does this by providing a structured approach to assessing and prioritizing climate-policy options, while taking into consideration associated social, economic, environmental and institutional costs and benefits. In doing so, it seeks to counter the widely held perception that tackling climate change is costly, highlight the potential developmental benefits of addressing climate change and encourage action to that end.


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2012