UNEP Welcomes Alicia Barcena Ibarra as New Co Chair of Expert Panel on Natural Resources
8 June 2016 - Mexican diplomat and biologist Alicia Barcena Ibarra became today the new co-chair of the International Resource Panel (IRP), a body of leading natural resource scientists and experts, hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
UN Expert Calls for Tax on Meat Production
25 May 2016 - People could be deterred from eating meat by increasing its price further up the supply chain, stemming rise in consumption and environmental damage. Governments should tax meat production in order to stem the global rise in consumption and the environmental damage that goes with it, according to a UN expert.
Environmental Impacts of Demand-Side Technologies and Strategies for Carbon Mitigation
25 April 2016 - Global leaders recently convened at the UN to sign on to the Paris climate agreement and committed to a wide range of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Expectations are particularly high for two of the most widely recognized solutions to climate change: energy efficiency and renewable energy. But how much do we know about the environmental impacts of a large-scale deployment of these technologies - including the benefits or costs from a life-cycle perspective? And by how much can the gains from energy efficient technologies be multiplied if GHG emissions from electricity production are also reduced?
Interview: Paul Ekins - Member of the UN Environment Programme's International Resource Panel
6 October 2015 - Paul Ekins is a Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy at the Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London. He is leading voice in the United Kingdom on sustainability, having been an advisor to governments, parliaments, the European Commission, the United Nations, regulatory agencies and companies.
University of Minnesota leads a $12M research network to build healthy, sustainable, and livable cities - Project directed by Professor Anu Ramaswami member of the International Resource Panel
11 August 2015 - The University of Minnesota has received a $12 million dollar award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to bring together a unique network of scientists, industry leaders, and policy partners committed to building better cities of the future.
G7 Summit in Germany: Leaders' Declaration supports International Resource Panel role in resource efficiency
8 June 2015 - The declaration stated: "We ask the UNEP International Resource Panel to prepare a synthesis report highlighting the most promising potentials and solutions for resource efficiency. We further invite the OECD to develop policy guidance supplementing the synthesis report."
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Biggest Day for Positive Environmental Actions Kicks off with a Call to 'Consume with Care'
3 June 2015 - World Environment Day (WED), the UN's principal vehicle to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment, will be celebrated around the world on 5 June with a call to governments, communities and individuals to improve their consumption patterns.
Panel Member Nabil Nasr was interviewed for a remanufacturing segment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program
1 December 2014 - How remanufacturing is booming across the US: Remanufacturing is becoming a booming industry across the U.S., and Caterpillar’s Stu Levenick and the Alliance for American Manufacturing’s Scott Paul discuss.
UNEP Welcomes Janez Potočnik as New Co-chair of the International Resource Panel
Rotterdam, 7 November 2014 - Former European Union Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik today became the new co-chair of the International Resource Panel (IRP), the most authoritative scientific forum for scientists and experts working in the area of natural resource management.
Panel Member Maarten Hajer ranked 3 on the 'Sustainable Top 100' by the National Dutch Newspapers de Verdieping Trouw (only in dutch)
On September 10 2014 Maarten Hajer presented "The future is now. Balance of the environment in 2014 . As a strategic advisor to the government 'investigates ' the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) biennial how the quality objectives set by the political system in the field of energy, nature, environment and spatial planning will be reached in time. The new Balance PBL concludes that government policy too little bet on a low-CO2 energy system.
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