According to the International Resource Panel's latest report, ‘Decoupling 2: Technologies, Opportunities and Policy Options’, current consumption patterns are rapidly depleting the world’s non-renewable resources. The report suggests that the increased prices for metal, rubber and energy – which have risen by 176%, 350% and 260% respectively since 2000 – demonstrate that the negative effects of the unsustainable use of natural resources are already being felt.
The Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) Programme, a global initiative to assist governments redirect public spending into goods and services that bring significant environmental and social benefits, was launched on 1 April 2014. The Programme represents the first action under the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP). This is a global framework to facilitate international cooperation to develop, replicate and scale-up Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and resource efficiency initiatives around the world.
UNEP is mapping leading institutions and individual experts for future projects in the field of Eco-innovation within the pan-European region. If you are interested to be included into this Mapping Exercise (which will offer among others an opportunity to be invited into specific bidding processes in this field), please, fill in the attached template for collection of information and send it to vladimir [dot] dobes [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se before 18th December 2013. More information is provided within the attached template.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), hosted a panel discussion promoting green industry on the fringes of last week’s 2013 United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit.
In the face of economic crises, increasing environmental degradation and the menace of climate change, the global community needs to do more and better with a more-efficient use of the Earth's natural resources.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), as the Secretariat of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), has pre-launched the online Global SCP Clearinghouse, a unique one-stop hub dedicated to advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) worldwide. Through knowledge sharing, cooperation and participation tools, all stakeholders – governments, UN agencies and other international organizations, the business sector and civil society – will be offered the opportunity to:
Responsible investing is a critically important way of driving social change and advancing environmental sustainability. Investing in environmentally and socially conscious businesses provide jobs and help the green economy to grow.
A judicious allocation of financial resources is essential in the face of environmental degradation, widespread scarcity, population expansion, accelerating consumption, climate change and unprecedented price volatility.
Successful initiatives to promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) are flourishing around the globe, but further efforts are needed to embed such practices in existing policy frameworks, according to the new Global Outlook Report published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the European Commission.