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 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.
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.
Facilitating financing of resource efficiency enterprises is the aim of a project that will result in 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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