Assessing Global Resource Use: A System Approach to Resource Efficiency and Pollution Reduction - Summary for Policymakers

United Nations Environment Programme ; International Resource Panel (2017)

This interim report of the International Resource Panel provides a first glimpse at a new evidence base that can inform precisely this kind of integrated policymaking. It presents up-to-date information on material resources that reveals where material resources are extracted and used, for what purpose and to what effect. This information can drive targeted policy interventions and the setting of long-term goals to transform how resources are used for the benefit of people and a pollution-free planet. Seven key strategies are proposed, and existing examples from across the globe shared, to drive the transformation of consumption patterns and production systems that contribute to human well-being without putting unsustainable pressures on the environment.