Tagged on: Resource efficiency

Reports and Books, Manuals and Guides
Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-efficient Lighting - U4E Policy Guide Series
United Nations Environment Programme, Global Environment Facility, United for Efficiency (U4E)

This guide offers an overview of the key elements required to transform a national appliance market towards more energy-efficient products through the application of the U4E Integrated Policy Approach. It is cross-cutting for all United for Efficiency priority products including lighting, refrigerators, air conditioners, distribution transformers and electric motors.


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2017
Case Studies, Manuals and Guides
UNEP Guide for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Laws
United Nations Environment Programme

The Guide describes the key legal issues associated with efficiency and renewable energy resource development, and presents legislative options from both developed and developing countries for dealing with them, including sample excerpts from legislation.


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2016
Programme Performance Reports
UNEP Programme Performance Report 2016
United Nations Environment Programme

UN Environment this year commemorates 45 years of its existence with a track record in leading efforts to protect our environment. Established in December 1972 as a follow up to the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, UN Environment further strengthened its strategic leadership in 2016, exercising its role as a global authority on the environment. It implemented its Medium Term Strategy and Programme of Work, strengthening its partnership with governments, local authorities, the UN system, the scientific community, business, investors, and civil society. No stakeholder was left behind in the joint effort to address the challenges of sustainability and resilience.


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2016
Reports and Books, Manuals and Guides
YouthXchange green skills and lifestyles guidebook
United Nations Environment Programme and United Nations Educational, Scientifi c and Cultural Organization (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization)

This publication was developed as a primer for youth on the green economy, particularly since there are no youth-friendly publication that explain this issue to youth. This publication enables youth to better familiarize themselves with the green economy and the skills needed for it (e.g. engaging in social innovation and green entrepreneurship).


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2016
Our Planet
Inclusive Green Economy: Building Bridges to a Sustainable Future - Our Planet March 2016
Unite Nations Environment Programme

The success of green economies hinges on how inclusive they are, with consultation, dialogue and wide participation essential elements. In this issue of Our Planet, policymakers, distinguished stakeholders and environmental experts explore the many pathways towards an inclusive green economy. It is widely agreed that the green economy discourse needs to be brought much closer to the people, with an emphasis on valuing the invisible, involving communities and stimulating environmental employment. Experience proves that “green” policies will struggle to make a long-term impact unless they deliver what communities need. Read within this March issue how small actions from citizens in the city of Seoul, Korea created a greener, healthier city||how China is embracing am ‘ecological civilisation’ and discover the successes that Barbados has achieved in building a green economy. This edition also highlights UNEP’s continuing work on the Inclusive Green Economy plus we profile one of our Environmental Champions, pioneering aviator Bertrand Piccard


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2016
Food systems and natural resources: Smart food systems for sustainable development
United Nations Environment Programme

A fundamental transformation of our food systems is required if we are to meet future demands of food and quality of life for present and future generations.


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2016
Reports and Books
Stratégie méditerranéenne pour le développement pour le développement durable 2016-2025: Investir dans la durabilité environnementale pour atteindre le développement économique et social
United Nations Environment Programme. Mediterranean Action Plan

Les objectifs généraux de la Stratégie sont les suivants : Fournir un cadre politique stratégique pour assurer un futur durable à la Région Méditerranée||Adapter les engagements internationaux aux conditions régionales, guider les stratégies nationales et stimuler la coopération régionale pour la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable||Lier la nécessité de protéger l’environnement avec le développement socio-économique.


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2016
Summaries
Sustainable Development in the Chilean Banking System - Executive Summary
United Nations Environment Programme, Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina

This report was undertaken by UNEP FI and CAF – Development Bank of Latin America. It showcases the progress made by national banking institutions and international banks operating in Chile, as they integrate practices that support sustainable development into their operations. The study sample represents approximately 70% of the total assets of the Chilean market.


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2016
Reports and Books
Sustainable consumption and production indicators for the future SDGs : UNEP discussion paper, March 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the development of an integrated, science-­‐based set of indicators to monitor progress towards SCP patterns which supports the achievement of the SDGs. An effort is made to identify indicators which can be applied to measure more than one target, and which contribute to making them transformative by building inter-­‐linkages and complementarities between the targets and the goals which they underpin. The report also attempts to show that the use of positive indicators can help illustrate the return on investment in SCP. Wherever possible, positive indicators were selected in preference to others, to highlight benefits from SCP and to show that such progress could be the starter of virtuous circles of action.


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2015
Reports and Books
Options for decoupling economic growth from water use and water pollution: A report of the Water Working Group of the International Resource Panel: Summary for policy makers
United Nations Environment Programme

Global trends point to a relative decoupling of water – that is, the rate of water resource use is increasing at a rate slower than that of economic growth. The Options for Decoupling Economic Growth from Water Use and Water Pollution report provides an independent assessment of technological and policy-relevant tools and approaches that can be used to achieve the decoupling of water resources from economic development while considering environmental and welfare impacts over the full life cycle. To head off a looming water resource crisis, meet global water demand, and sustain economic growth and human wellbeing, global action for decoupling water from economic growth is essential. The report puts forward a package of policy and practical responses based on decoupling strategies to help the forward looking policy-maker in achieving global aspirations for water sustainability.


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2015