Assessing global resource use: a systems approach to resource efficiency and pollution reduction

In conjunction with the Science-Policy Business Forum and in advance of the third session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), the International Resource Panel (IRP) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP or UN Environment) released a report titled, ‘Assessing Global Resource Use; A systems approach to resource efficiency and pollution reduction.’ The publication discusses where material resources are extracted and how they are used, with the goal of informing policy interventions towards a sustainable, pollution-free planet. In assessing the state and outlook of global natural resources use, the report proposes seven strategies towards reducing pollution though more sustainable resource use. It also shares best practices from cities and countries. The report points out that “decoupling economic activity and human well-being from resource use – i.e. enhanced resource efficiency – is necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for all.”

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