Tagged on: Resource efficiency

Reports and Books
Equity markets, benchmark indices, and the transition to a low-carbon economy
United Nations Environment Programme

Equity markets, make up roughly one-fourth of global financial assets. In Europe, the domestic market capitalization of listed equities was nearly $10 trillion in 2014. Market-cap weighed indices are the dominant financial product in determining investment for listed equities.


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2016
Reports and Books
Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project - Synthesis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

This synthesis report summarizes lessons from the UNEP Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project, which identified, assessed and harnessed trade opportunities arising from the transition to a green economy. The authors combine international research with case studies from around the world - describing sustainability standards for farming in Chile, organic agriculture in South Africa, biotrade in Peru, solar energy in Ghana and fisheries in Viet Nam. The case studies reveal how trade can drive sustainable development, promote social inclusion and reduce poverty. They also highlight a range of opportunities, from sustainable agriculture and value chains for native biodiversity, to enhanced solar energy production for export and improved international certification in aquaculture.


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2016
Accelerating the transition to inclusive green economies and sustainable consumption and production patterns
United Nations Environment Programme

Unsustainable and inefficient resource use has led to widespread environmental degradation, climate change, pollution, waste generation and resource scarcities – all of which have negative impacts on the health and well-being of people and planet.


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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
Reports and Books
The First Global Integrated Marine Assessment: World Ocean Assessment I
United Nations

The first World Ocean Assessment provides an important scientific basis for the consideration of ocean issues by Governments, intergovernmental processes, and all policy-makers and others involved in ocean affairs. The Assessment reinforces the science-policy interface and establishes the basis for future assessments. Together with future assessments and related initiatives, it will help in the implementation of the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly its ocean-related goals.


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2016
Serials
UNEP in Africa Newsletter: January - February 2016
United Nations Environment Programme

The Newsletter of UNEP's Regional Office for Africa


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2016
Reports and Books
Green energy choices: The benefits, risks and trade-offs of low-carbon technologies for electricity production
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents the first in-depth inter national comparative assessment of the envir onmental and resource impacts of different energy technologies, modelled over the whole life cycle of each technology, from cradle to grave.


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2016
Reports and Books
Sustainable infrastructure and finance - How to contribute to a sustainable future
United Nations Environment Programme

The Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System has been initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme to advance policy options to improve the financial system’s effectiveness in mobilizing capital towards a green and inclusive economy – in other words, sustainable development. Established in January 2014, it published its final report, The Financial System We Need, in October 2015 and is currently focused on actions to take forward its findings.


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2016
Reports and Books
A framework for shaping sustainable lifestyles: determinants and strategies
United Nations Environment Programme

People make hundreds of thousands of decisions during the course of their lives. For the lucky among us, those decisions will vary widely. No matter how we choose, the lifestyles we end up living – or, in some cases, are forced to live – have a profound impact on our planet, affecting everything from how our economies run to the health of our environment. How we choose to live as a society and as individuals – what houses we choose and build, what food we eat and grow, how we spend our spare time, and what type of transport we use – will have an enormous impact on the trajectory of human history. This publication will help policymakers, individuals and other stakeholders understand what a holistic approach to lifestyle means and how different contexts require different lifestyle solutions. This publication does not set out to define what "the" sustainable lifestyle looks like. Instead, it can help guide a range of initiatives that enable lifestyle choices that contribute to sustainability


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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