Monday, 17 June 2013

UNIDO supports launch of “Action for a Resource-Efficient Europe”

BRUSSELS, 17 June 2013 - The European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP) today adopted a set of recommendations for actions to advance resource efficiency in the European Union (EU) and beyond.

These include actions to set objectives, measure and report progress; to improve information on environmental and resource impacts for decision-making; to phase out environmentally harmful subsidies; to promote high-quality recycling; to advance sustainable sourcing and promote product policies; to encourage Green Public Procurement; and to provide small and medium-sized enterprises with the capacity, skills and improved access to finance to help them take advantage of the major economic opportunities offered by resource efficiency. 

The recommendations are designed to create growth and jobs, provide incentives to overcome barriers to improving resource efficiency, and promote new business models in the context of the EREP’s call for business, labour and civil society leaders to support resource efficiency and the move to a circular economy.

UNIDO, as one of the members of the EREP, committed to spread the word and continue its work to advance resource efficiency within the realm of its mandate.

Together with the UN Environment Programme, UNIDO has been active in this field since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit when they created the National Cleaner Production Centres, which can now be found in 47 countries and which are now united in the RECPnet global network.

Recently, UNIDO has also emerged as a leader within the UN system to advance resource efficiency via the Green Industry Platform (GIP) and energy efficiency via the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.

Kandeh K. Yumkella, UNIDO’s Director General, emphasized the importance of advancing resource efficiency in urban areas and in relation to global trade. He stressed that “best practices can be found around the world, whether in Europe, the US or Asia. They need to be shared effectively to advance the cause and move us into a new, sustainable era.”

The EU and UNIDO have recently intensified their cooperation on resource efficiency and the environment. On 10 April, Yumkella and Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for Environment, signed a joint statement expressing their wish to intensify cooperation in promoting sustainable energy access and supporting the transition to a green economy, creating sustainable jobs and wealth for all.

To view the joint statement, click here

For the recommendations and manifesto adopted by EREP, click here