Tagged on: Resource Efficency

Serials
Freshwater - Tunza Vol. 10 No. 4
United Nations Environment Programme

As you can read in these pages, lots of you are already actively seeking solutions to the world’s water problems, but we all have a part to play. It can be as simple as not leaving the tap running while you wash your teeth, taking a shorter shower than usual or sharing a small bath, and applying the 3Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle – in everything you do. It takes around 3,000 litres of water to make a pair of jeans, while it takes 1,500 litres to grow enough cotton for a t-shirt. So make your clothes last longer – and when they wear out, consider garments made from less thirsty crops like linen, hemp or even nettles.


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2012
Annual Reports
UNEP 2011 annual report
United Nations Environment Programme

2011 proved a landmark year in which many of the transformational reforms, launched in 2008, really began to bear fruit in terms of a transition to a results-based, more effective and more responsive UNEP. This is a summary of UNEP's work in 2011.


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2012
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
GEO
Global Environment Outlook 5 for local government: solving global problems locally
United Nations Environment Programme

This report provides an assessment of the state and trends of the global environment in relation to internationally agreed goals||evaluates the gaps and barriers in their implementation||and provides policy options that have the potential to speed-up realization of these goals.


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2012
Reports and Books
Global outlook on sustainable consumption and production policies: taking action together
United Nations Environment Programme

The Global Outlook on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Policies, developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with the financial support of the European Commission, provides a non-exhaustive review of policies and initiatives that are promoting the shift towards SCP patterns. This report identifies examples of effective policies and initiatives being implemented worldwide. It reviews 56 case studies ranging from global multilateral agreements and regional strategies to specific policies and initiatives and shows progress achieved in promoting SCP, highlighting best practices and offering recommendations to scale up and replicate these important efforts worldwide.


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2012
Our Planet
Rio+20 - Our Planet Special Issue: Celebrating 40 Years of UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme

As Environment Ministers gather in Nairobi for their annual meeting of the UNEP Governing Council in February 2012, all eyes are on the follow-up to the Earth Summit of 1992, or Rio+20. This meeting, taking place in June, may prove to be an opportunity where the Green Economy initiative is translated into a fresh and forward-looking way of finally realizing sustainable development for seven billion people, rising to over nine billion by 2050.


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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
Achieving the global transition to energy efficient lighting toolkit
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication was developed to present a concise set of options and policy suggestions to countries and interested stakeholders. It provides efficient lighting best practices and case studies from programmes throughout the world. It addresses technology, policy, consumer and environmental protection issues. It enables a country to select relevant information and guidance and apply these to suit local or regional conditions.


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2012
Reports and Books
Green growth, resources and resilience: environmental sustainability in Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Environment Programme, Asian Development Bank, UNESCAP

This report describes an evolving policy landscape characterized by a changing economic reality, rising demand for resources, increasingly apparent impacts of environmental and climate change, and increased risk and uncertainty. The report provides new insights into Asian and Pacific resource use trends and outlines key actions, including reforming economic incentives and promoting more inclusive and adaptive governance approaches, that governments can pursue to help bring economic growth strategies in closer alignment with the objective of sustainable development. It also provides examples of strategies for improving resilience to help deal with the increasing levels of risk faced by societies and economies. The report is the product of a combined effort by three institutions: the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It is the sixth in a series of reports prepared by ESCAP for successive Ministerial Conferences on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, and is the third in ADBs Asian Environment Outlook series. It is also in line with the mandate of UNEP to keep the state of the environment under review. The report provides timely support to policymakers and other stakeholders as they prepare for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) and as they continue work to address persistent and emerging challenges on their way to more sustainable development.


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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