UNEP IRP at COP21 in Paris: Natural Resources Management as Solution to Climate Change

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Paris, 30 November 2015. Why does sustainable management of natural resources matter for climate change? – This will be the key question to be addressed at COP21 Side Event “Sustainable use of natural resources: An essential solution to climate change”, jointly organised by UNEP International Resource Panel (IRP) and Nordic Council of Ministers. Ligia Noronha, Director of UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), and Hans Jørgen Koch, Executive Director of Nordic Energy Research will open discussions that will focus on synergies between decarbonisation and the decoupling of natural resource use from economic growth. Key policy-relevant messages will be delivered on how to select the clean, safe and sustainable low-carbon energy technologies. Additionally, two UNEP IRP publications will be launched and discussed at the Event.

First, UNEP IRP’s new scientific assessment report “The Green Energy Choices: the benefits, risks, and trade-offs of low-carbon technologies for electricity production” will be unveiled by Edgar Hertwich, the lead author. This report will provide, for the first time ever, a global comparative study on the impact of nine main low-carbon electricity generation technologies on greenhouse gas emissions, resource use, environment and health. This publication will support policy-makers in making informed decisions about energy technologies, supporting infrastructures and the optimal mix.

Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel and Former European Commissioner for the Environment, will then present IRP’s 10 Key Messages on Climate Change. This publication will capture the key findings and messages of IRP’s extensive work and will highlight the intrinsic nature and interlinkages between decarbonization and resources decoupling. The messages delivered will be evidence-based and scientifically-robust, with relevant inputs for negotiations at COP21 and particularly for post-Paris implementation of agreements.

All UNEP IRP’s publications, including the newest two reports, are available to download here.

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