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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.

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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
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.
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

and their environmental impacts
… and their environmental impacts …

Impact

Resource

Source: Adapted from N&M

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!

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For more information:

Secretariat

SCP Branch, UNEP DTIE,Paris, France

http://www.unep.fr/sustain

Email: [email protected]

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