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UNEP - Regional Office for Asia Pacific - Resource Efficiency

Promoting Sustainable Lifestyles and Resource Use

Asia and the Pacific emerged as a major global resource consumer by the end of the 20th century and has surpassed the rest of world in material use. This growth in resource use was largely driven by infrastructure, buildings in cities, the emergence of global manufacturing centres in the region and new consumers. These developments, while enabling fast economic growth and a higher standard of living, have had a negative impact on the region’s resource efficiency as natural resource use has outpaced economic output. The region however, remains extremely important in terms of natural resources and the potential benefits from improvements on resource efficiency can be substantial.

To tap into this prough public policies and private sector action.otential, UNEP has developed several projects, programmes, tools and instruments to raise awareness and build capacity on Sustainable Consumption and Production and Resource Efficiency to support increased investment in efficient, clean and safe industrial production methods th

This work focuses on four central themes:

  • Develop scientific assessments for action
  • Support policy development/enabling environment for sustainable consumption and production (including sustainable public procurement)
  • Support cleaner production, chemical accident prevention, eco-innovation and eco-labeling
  • Awareness raising campaigns and education