The Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) program builds capacity for sustainable recycling in developing countries. The program is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) and is implemented by the Institute for Materials Science & Technology (Empa), the World Resources Forum (WRF) and ecoinvent. It builds on the success of implementing e-waste recycling systems together with various developing countries since more than ten years. The WRF Secretariat is in particularly in charge of the Global Roundtable subprogram.
The WRF is involved in several European research and innovation Horizon 2020 projects. The secretariat coordinates the FORAM project, which fosters a better international cooperation on raw materials governance. The WRF also leads the consortium that implements the CEWASTE project on voluntary certification scheme for waste treatment. For the CICERONE project, led by Climate KIC, the WRF team focuses on international benchmarking, workshop and education.
The CO2 and Resources project aims at identifying the linkages between greenhouse gases and resources and at defining the impacts of local policies. The building stock of the city of St. Gallen is taken as a first case study.
Together with UNEP’s International Resource Panel a massive open online course (MOOC) has been produced and published on decoupling: the Resource Revolution Trainer.
The WRF Resource Efficiency Indices projects develop and create resource footprints to rank businesses respectively countries according to their efficiency of resources usage. These indices will serve as benchmarks for companies and countries to compare their standing in resource usage and would also raise awareness on the issue of resource scarcity and incentivize stakeholders to adopt effective measures and instruments.
The Sustainable Lifestyles program connects the rich global work of engineering sciences and social sciences in the area of sustainable resources management, and has started with a series of dedicated workshops and special events, among others implemented in partnership with the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, and carries out a multitude of smaller and bigger projects around the world under the umbrella of UNEP’s One Planet Network (former 10-year-framework on sustainable consumption and production). WRF staff are members of the Multi Advisory Committee (MAC) of respectively Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) as Consumer Information (CI).
Facilitating financing of resource efficiency enterprises is the aim of a project that promotes the establishment of a platform for promotion and acceleration of scalable startups and projects in the field of resource management by matching innovative resource-efficient enterprises with venture funds, financial institutions and investment arms of resource-intensive corporations.
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