Summaries
Resource Efficiency and Climate Change: Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low-Carbon Future - Summary for Policymakers
United Nations Environment Programme, International Resource Panel

This report conducts a rigorous assessment of the contribution of material efficiency to GHG abatement strategies. More concretely, it assesses the reduction potential of GHG emissions from material efficiency strategies applied in residential buildings and light duty vehicles, and reviews policies that address these strategies. It points to exciting new opportunities to reduce these impacts through
material efficiencies in homes and cars. This report makes it clear that natural resources are vital for our wellbeing, our housing, our transportation and our food. Their efficient use is central to a future with universal access to sustainable and affordable energy sources, emissions-neutral infrastructure and buildings, zero emission transport systems, energy-efficient industries and low-waste societies. The strategies highlighted in this report can play a big part in making this future a reality.


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Introduction to COVID-19 Waste Management - COVID-19 Waste Management Factsheet 1
United Nations Environment Programme

Wherever possible, countries should control COVID-19 waste through maximizing the use of available waste management solutions and, at the same time, look to avoid any potential long-term impacts on the environment.


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Policy and Legislation Linked to COVID-19 and Pandemics - COVID-19 Waste Management Factsheet 4
United Nations Environment Programme

Guidance on policy and legislation will help countries to have a stable legal and institutional basis to better respond to future waste
emergencies such as the COVID-19, and to clarify measures to be taken.


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Links to Circularity – Non-healthcare waste: COVID-19 Waste Management Factsheet 5
United Nations Environment Programme

COVID-19 will lead to a greater production and consumption of household and personal health related products, that could be single-use and contain valuable resources like plastics, textiles, metals, electronics. COVID-19 waste, and any other waste, must be collected and treated adequately to avoid littering or uncontrolled incineration causing impacts to human health, ecosystem quality, biodiversity, including impacts on soil, rivers, coastal lines and in the marine system.


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Disaster/Conflict Affected States and Vulnerable Humanitarian Operations - COVID-19 Waste Management Factsheet 8
United Nations Environment Programme

Disaster and conflict affected countries and vulnerable humanitarian operations with limited capacity, poor infrastructure and resources are likely to face enormous problems in the event of COVID-19 spread and the need for safe, efficient and appropriate solutions for management of solid and hazardous contaminated wastes. This factsheet outlines how to manage this type of waste in the context of camps and camp-like settings as well as informal settlements.


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