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
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
Annual Reports
Environmental statistics 2012 - Mauritius
Mauritius, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development

This issue of Economic and Social Indicators presents Statistics on Environment for year 2012 based on data gathered from various institutions. The main environment indicators over the ten-year period, 2003 – 2012 are given in Table 1 while technical notes are given at Annex.


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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
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
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
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
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
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
Serials
Tunza: sport and the environment
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP's magazine for youth.


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2012