Tagged on: Resource efficiency

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Sustainable consumption and production and the SDGs : UNEP Post 2015 Note 2
United Nations Environment Programme

Achieving sustainable consumption and production patterns is not just an environmental issue||it is about maintaining the natural capital and hence productivity and capacity of our planet to meet human needs and sustains economic activities.


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2014
Reports and Books
Financial System Impact of Disruptive Innovation
United Nations Environment Programme

This report examines disruptive innovations and their implications for the design of a green and inclusive financial system – innovations driven by top-down, centralised innovation in policy and regulation or by bottom-up, decentralised financial market innovation||innovations stimulated by long-terms shifts in environmental and social factors or technological innovations. The scale of the challenge of the transition to such a system calls for flexibility and experimentation with a diverse set of policy approaches."


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2014
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Trade and Green Economy: A Handbook - Third edition
United Nations Environment Programme, International Institute for Sustainable Development

This handbook covers a wealth of new information, including the emergence of the green economy concept, the latest WTO jurisprudence, and increasingly important legal and policy linkages between trade and green economy policies and practices in the changing dynamics of international trade with the emergence of the BRIC economies and the exponential rise in preferential trade agreements.


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2014
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Financial Dynamics of the Environment Risks, Impacts, and Barriers to Resilience
United Nations Environment Programme

This Working Paper summarizes the underlying logic for why the financial sector should care about the state of the environment and environment-related risks||it reviews the main structural barriers that could prevent the financial system from managing such issues||it also identifies the main researchers and organizations undertaking work on these topics internationally. The paper should be a useful initial reference guide to those concerned with both how environment-related risks could affect the financial sector and what financial institutions can do to manage such risks."


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2014
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The Business Case for Eco-innovation
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication sets out to demonstrate the compelling business case for eco-innovation and how it can enable your company to carve out commercially interesting opportunities.


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2014
Reports and Books
Natural resource management and peacebuilding in Afghanistan
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Country Team in Afghanistan

This report looks at the ways in which natural resource management—the institutions, policies and practices that govern land, water, forests, minerals, hydrocarbons—interact with violent conflict in Afghanistan.


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2013
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Resource efficiency: economics and outlook for China
United Nations Environment Programme

China's rate of economic development and social progress in recent decades has been extraordinarily rapid. As is generally the case when a nation industrializes and urbanizes, Chinas rapidly improving material standards of living have come with a greatly increased per capita demand for natural resources, and a corresponding increase in the environmental pressures associated with extracting, processing, and using these natural resources.


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2013
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Vehicle emissions, fuel quality standards and fuel economy policies in Kazakhstan: Stocktaking analytical report
Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC), United Nations Environment Programme

The road network of Kazakhstan has increased by 13% since the collapse of the Soviet Union and expected to expand further. Further development of the transport sector and respective infrastructure thus is seen as a facilitation tool for economic diversifi cation in the country.


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2013
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RIVAMP training 2012 tutorial manual
United Nations Environment Programme

RiVAMP is a methodology set up by UNEP to identify and quantify the role of ecosystems for DRR and CCA. The pilote study on the role of ecosystems for mitigating beach erosion in Negil, Jamaica is considered by many in this field as a reference. In order to disseminate the RiVAMP methodology, a training was prepared. It is based on free open-source software. The RiVAMP training was provided in Kingston at the University of West Indies in December 2011. 21 experts participated to learn how to conduct a RiVAMP analysis. This training concentrates on coastal ecosystems. UNEP is now providing free on-line access to the RiVAMP methodology (tutorial), a set of data for following the exercises, as well as free OpenSource software, allowing any GIS experts train themselves on the RiVAMP methodology and to complete all the analysis.


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2012
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The Critical Role of Global Food Consumption Patterns in Achieving Sustainable Food Systems and Food for All. A UNEP Discussion Paper
United Nations Environment Programme

The paper provides an overview of global food consumption trends. It describes how significantly changing patterns in food consumption – worldwide – are having profound effects on health, the agroecological resource base and food security. It examines the drivers behind these trends and previews how the anticipated continuation of these trends will affect the ability of the world to feed itself sustainably. The paper provides illustrative case studies which demonstrate that unsustainable food consumption patterns are already leading to considerable detrimental effects.


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2012