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Circular Economy

Less is More

Take, make, and dispose? No! Reduce, reuse and recycle!

Circular economy is an alternative to the traditional linear economic model where resources are kept in use for as long as possible, maximum value is extracted from them, and waste is relocated from the end of the supply chain to the beginning, giving the used materials a new life.

The transition to a circular economy aims to adopt resource efficient and cleaner production systems to allow companies increase their competitiveness while protecting the environment. Indeed, by saving big amounts of water, energy and raw materials companies can significantly reduce their production costs, produce less waste, and therefore optimize their production!

Impact Stories

  • Mexico helps protect the climate by destroying ozone-depleting substances
    Mexico helps protect the climate by destroying ozone-depleting substances

    Extremely large amounts of ozone-depleting substances are improperly stored in several countries which lack the infrastructure to destroy them. Mexico took a big step towards solving this problem.

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  • Fighting back against the silent killers in China
    Fighting back against the silent killers in China

    With funds from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNIDO and the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) of China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection joined forces to solve the potential health and environmental risks brought about by POPs pesticide waste in China. The project aimed to improve the level of management and disposal of such waste, fulfill China’s obligations under the Stockholm Convention, and provide lessons learned for other countries.

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  • UNIDO has mobilized US$849m to protect the ozone layer and reduce global warming
    UNIDO has mobilized US$849m to protect the ozone layer and reduce global warming

    Since becoming an implementing agency of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol in 1992, UNIDO has completed around 1,400 projects to phase-out ozone-depleting substances in developing countries and economies in transition.

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  • Fighting back against the silent killers in China
    Fighting back against the silent killers in China

    With funds from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNIDO and the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) of China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection joined forces to solve the potential health and environmental risks brought about by POPs pesticide waste in China. The project aimed to improve the level of management and disposal of such waste, fulfill China’s obligations under the Stockholm Convention, and provide lessons learned for other countries.

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