St.Gallen, 8 May 2019 The WRF secretariat has published ‘Progress Towards the Resource Revolution’. The publication includes 26 papers presenting innovative approaches for meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Key themes include:
- Policy conditions for the transition to circular economy and achieving a resource revolution in the fields of climate change, sustainable energy, resources and materials, food and water management related topics.
- Secondary resources management such as waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), which offers opportunities for generating value and job creation, but also poses huge risks if mismanaged as this is the case in the least developed regions of the world.
- Mobility topics that have a growing influence on lifestyles and have the potential to reduce impacts on climate change.
The book has examples from several countries, showcasing improvements in resource efficiency, in various areas, impact categories and value chains. The publication provides recommendations for mitigating climate change (Paris Agreement and SDG 13), for making cities more sustainable (SDG 11), for improving the accessibility of clean energy (SDG 7) for achieving industrial innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), for making consumption and production more sustainable (SDG 12), and for protecting marine and land environment (SDG 14 and 15).
The World Resources Forum (WRF 2017) was held on 24 – 25 October 2017 at the Centre International de Conferences (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland. WRF 2017 addressed the topic of “Accelerating the Resource Revolution”, highlighting the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement as calls for action. Over 120 state-of-the-art scientific contributions were presented and methodologies and success stories were shared during the 16 workshops organised by international institutions. More than 450 participants from 50 countries shared four days of discussions, networking and side events.