Media coverage

New research points the way to a resource efficient Europe
EU Reporter - 8 Jun 2011
Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Co-Chair, International Resource Panel, UNEP and guest editor of the issue. “Much research points to a need for an economic ...

Clean technologies under threat from low metals reuse
London - Environmental Data Interactive - ‎1 Jun 2011‎
Recycling rates of rare metals are far lower than their potential for reuse despite them being crucial to the development of clean technologies, a new report has found. Less than one-third of some crucial 60 metals studied by the United Nations ...

UN Agency Calls for Increased Metal Recycling
Ohio - Recycling Today - 31 May 2011
The report, titled “Recycling Rates of Metals: A Status Report,” was compiled by UNEP's International Resource Panel. It was released by Achim Steiner, the UN's under-secretary general and UNEP's executive director, at the London Metal Exchange and in ...

Essential 'green' metals are being thrown away
London - New Scientist - ‎31 May 2011‎
That old cellphone gathering dust in your cupboard could help the economy go green, if only you could get round to recycling it. A UN report published last week says that too many of the rare metals that are essential for green technologies are locked ...

Resources: Boosting Efficiency While Curbing Environmental Harm
Washington DC - Chemical & Engineering News –  ‎ 31 May 2011‎
“Global resource consumption is exploding. It's not a trend that is in any way sustainable,” says Ernst U. von Weizsäcker, cochair of the International Resource Panel (IRP), which produced the report. “Prosperity and well-being do not depend on ...

Rare metals
London - The Economist - ‎29 May 2011‎
Readers may be forgiven for not having heard of rhenium (chemical symbol Re). It was discovered comparatively recently in 1925 and, at seven parts per billion, is one of the rarest elements in the Earth's crust. Despite its elusiveness, the metal's ...

Resource consumption of 1 Indian at 4T
New Dehli - Indian Express - ‎13 May 2011‎
One Indian consumes just four tons of the world's four key resources – minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per capita per year, while citizens of the developed countries consume an average of 16 tons of the same. A new United Nations Environment ...

UN calls for resource use to be 'de-coupled' from economic growth
London -
The Daily Telegraph  - ‎12 May 2011‎
The rich world must 'freeze' consumption of resources while still allowing the economy to grow, according to a new United Nations report...

Report warns world's resource consumption set to treble
Bonn - Deutsche Welle - ‎12 May 2011‎
A United Nations report has found that the world is set to treble its consumption of natural resources by the middle of this century, unless countries are able to de-couple resource extraction from economic growth. The United Nations Environment ...

World must curb resource use; China a test case: U.N.
London - Reuters - ‎12 May 2011‎
Global resource consumption is exploding. It's not a trend that is in any way sustainable," added Ernst von Weizsacker, co-chair of the UNEP resource panel. "China is, in many ways, the test case for the global economy," the report said of the most ... 

Resource demand threatens future
London - BBC News - ‎12 May 2011‎
The report is the latest in a series by the UN Environment Programme's (Unep) International Resource Panel. "Decoupling makes sense on all the economic, social and environmental dials, " said Unep executive director Achim Steiner. ...