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 The Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities                                                     
                                 
    

What is the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities?

The GI-REC is a UNEP-led initiative launched in June 2012 at the Rio+20 Summit. The initiative currently works with different stakeholders to promote energy efficient buildings, efficient water use, sustainable waste management and other activities. UNEP and its partners aim to assist cities in combining greater productivity and innovation with lower costs and reduced environmental impacts.

GI-REC Objective

The Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC) seeks to connect the many different entities around the world working on resource efficiency, using UNEP’s convening power to mobilize partners and different constituencies, including governments at the national and local levels, civil society, business and industry and other major groups.  The ultimate goal of GI-REC is to mainstream resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production into policies and tools at the city level and to change consumer and industry behavior accordingly.

Why Resource Efficiency in Cities?

There is a strong link between quality of life in cities and how cities draw on and manage the natural resources available to them. Resource efficient cities combine greater productivity and innovation with lower costs and reduced environmental impacts, while providing increased opportunities for consumer choices and sustainable lifestyles. In addition, ‘urban mining’, the reduction of influx of resources by making better use of the existing stocks of materials available in the urban environment through increased recycling rates, is a strategy that can scale up these benefits. Resource efficiency is key for cities to contribute to local and global sustainability and offer at the same time high potential for financial savings.  


                              
Key Facts on Cities Consumption and Production       
Cities occupy 3% of the total land surface

Cities produce 50% of global waste
Cities account for 60-80% of global GHG emissions                  
Cities consume 75% of natural resources
Cities produce 80% of global GDP

What the GI-REC does?

The Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC) provides a range of support to cities to assist with realizing the economic, social and environmental benefits of resource efficiency and SCP. GI-REC develops partnerships with key stakeholders, including local and national governments, international organizations, NGOs, private companies, etc. The Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities provides a range of support to cities to assist with realizing the economic, social and environmental benefits of resource efficiency and SCP.