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Material Security (MS) Sustain quality of life for all of Earth’s people through innovation. 2 nd UK-JAPAN Workshop on Materials Security 12th July 2007, Southampton, UK. Division of Technology, Industry and Economics. UNEP - Mission.

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Material security ms sustain quality of life for all of earth s people through innovation

Material Security (MS) Sustain quality of life for all of Earth’s people through innovation

2nd UK-JAPAN Workshop on Materials Security12th July 2007, Southampton, UK

Division of Technology, Industry and Economics


Unep mission

UNEP - Mission

To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

´Environment for Development´


Unep 3 roles

UNEP – 3 roles

  • Assess the State of the World’s Environment & Understand Env. Challenges (GEO);

  • Stimulate solutions to environmental problems

    • Promoting International Environmental Law

    • Voluntary Initiatives

  • Build capacity and networks to enable implementing solutions


Dtie approach

DTIE - Approach

Raise awareness

Identify & define

Build consensus

Exchange

information

Demonstrate projects

Build capabilities


What are we talking about

What are we talking about?

Consuming and producing more efficiently and differently ...

… and sharing resources between the rich and the poor.


Material security ms sustain quality of life for all of earth s people through innovation

The Challenge

I’d like to end poverty, stop violence and racism,

and get rid of pollution. Everyone should be equal.

I want to dress in the nicest clothes,

drive a great car, talk on the latest

mobile phone, and watch my brand new DVD


Global political context

Global political context

  • JPoI - Chapter II: Poverty Eradication

     Materials contributing to MDGs

  • JPoI - Chapter III: Sustainable Consumption and Production

     10 year framework on SCP/ Marrakech Process/ CSD 2010-2011


Material security food security

Material Security &Food Security

  • Materials Security

    A situation in which materials are available to sustain quality of life for all

  • Food Security (FAO)

    A situation in which food is available so that people do not live in hunger or fear of starvation

  • Stages of Insecurity

    Range from wealth withfood secure situations topoverty with full-scalefamine


What proportion of global resources have been used

What proportion of global resources have been used?

  • Uncertainty over the answers

    Surveys highlight significant concerns since growing consumption levels place increased demands on limited resources

  • Growing demand for metals and minerals from emerging economies

    Major pressures on global supply of metals such as copper, iron and zinc

  • Scarce resources may mean conflict

    Example of civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo


What implies a sustainable use of the global resources

What implies a sustainable use of the global resources?

  • Environmental impacts over the full life cycle

    Surveys highlight significant concerns since growing consumption levels place increased demands on limited resources

  • Growing impacts due to scarcer resources

    Major pressures on global supply of metals such as copper, iron and zinc

  • Material Security and climate change

    15 recycled cans equal to 1 kg CO2 avoided


Current situation a quick assessment

Current situation: a quick assessment

  • Productivity/efficiency gains being overtaken by production increases (rebound effects)

  • Problems of production process understood but those of the use and disposal of a product still largely unknown

  • New emerging sectors posing increasing threats as well as new opportunities

  • Environmental concerns not integrated into economic and social programmes

  • De-linking of economic growth from environmental damage needed


Material security ms sustain quality of life for all of earth s people through innovation

Absolute and relative decoupling


Environmental kuznets curve

EnvironmentalKuznets Curve

  • Largely, this trend can be seen in the history of developed economies, particularly for air pollution.

  • Three main exceptions to this tends to be municipal solid waste emission with GWP and impacts on ecosystem life support functions.

  • The impacts of these tend to be too far removed in space an time from those responsible to elicit any change in behavior.


Decoupling equation

Decoupling Equation


The need for resource efficiency and innovation

The need for resource-efficiency and innovation

  • 3 R Initiative

    Reuse

    Reduce

    Recycle

  • Circular economy

    Crucial role of China

  • Responsibility for raw materials and sustainable growth

    G8 Heiligendamm


The idea of a scientific resource panel by unep

The idea of a scientific Resource Panel by UNEP

  • Provide independent scientific advice to national governments and relevant international organizations on:

    • Key environmental impacts of the extraction and use of natural resources in a life cycle perspective, and

    • Strategies and approaches to reduce these impacts in growing economies by ‘doing more with less’

  • Support for the enhancement of scientific knowledgeand for capacity building in developing countries

  • Contribute to Marrakech process, CSD discussion in 2009-2010 and 10 year framework on Sustainable Consumption and Production


The ultimate goals and expected benefits of a panel

The ultimate goals and expected benefits of a Panel

  • Increase resource efficiency and decouple environmental impact from economic growth

    -> Relevant policies

  • Improve processes, products and services -> Business innovation

  • Enhance awareness and dialogue on efficient resource use

    -> Improved quality of life


Focus on selected material flows and products

Focus on selected material flows and products …


Like recyclable metal resources

… like recyclable metal resources …


And their environmental impacts

… and their environmental impacts …

Impact

Resource

Source: Adapted from N&M


In a life cycle perspective

… in a life cycle perspective

Source: IAI


Tentative structure

Tentative structure


The way forward

The way forward

  • Expert workshop on 25 September 2007 in Tokyo, Japan

    In conjunction with OECD-Japan Seminar on Material Flows and Resource Productivity, 26-27 September 2007

  • Inaugural Panel

    Tentatively scheduled for autumn

     Linking to UK Japan collaboration on Materials Security!


Material security ms sustain quality of life for all of earth s people through innovation

For more information:

Secretariat

SCP Branch, UNEP DTIE,Paris, France

http://www.unep.fr/sustain

Email: [email protected]


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