Resource Efficient Cities:  Drivers of Change &Engine to Sustainability         Arab Hoballah        Chief SCP, UNEP
2               WHY FOCUS ON CITIES ?• Cities status and pressures, part of the Problem   –   3% of land surface   –   50%...
Cities: drivers of change, part of the Solution Opportunities: SCP & Resource Efficiency     Lifestyles and behavior   ...
4       UNEP’s cities related activities• Approach based on:   SCP and Resource efficiency    1. Buildings    2. Cities  ...
5We promote and encourage resource efficiency in cities              We work with city leaders & other partners to:       ...
A Global Initiative for Resource Efficient CitiesObjective: To enhance the quality of life in urban areas, inparticular in...
7 Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities1   Knowledge and Resource footprint for cities• The initiative will prov...
Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities   3              Components of the Global Initiative1. Knowledge Hub/Resea...
Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities  5                     Elements of the Global Initiative• Serves as a plat...
1                                                    0Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities     UNEP’s Approach ...
1                                                    1Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities     UNEP’s Approach ...
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13Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities                                           UNEP’s                        ...
1                                                  4                       THANK YOUUNEPDivision of Technology, Industry a...
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  • UNEP provides innovative solutions to built environment issues particularly on cities’ challenges and on the building sector. UNEP’s work is of a global nature (global metrics, assessment work, ISO certification, policies and tools, etc) complemented by a number of pilot activities in a few countries/cities. Our approach is based on the principles of a more efficient use of the natural resources, and on the paradigm of the green economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty alleviationBoth principles are based upon the assumption that the economic growth and a positive environmental performance aren’t to be considered as alternative. In fact, especially in cities, they can feed each other in an virtuous circle of sustainable development.
  • In the context of Rio+20, UNEP is promoting the set-up of a Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC). It is differentiated from other initiatives because it:1. Highlights the need for resource efficiency: minimizing resource extraction, energy consumption and waste generation at the same time safeguarding ecosystem services. 2. It supports policy design and actions for decoupling resource use from environmental impacts and economic growth and hence contribute to sustainable development and poverty eradication.3. Builds on UNEP’s expertise, convening power, and extensive network built through more than a decade of work on cities and buildings. We aim to mobilize partners and different constituencies from governments at both national and local level, UN agencies, international institutions, civil society, business and industry and other major groups
  • So in summary, the GI-REC is about creating 1 resource footprint for cities that can be used by different stakeholdersUNEP is well placed to coordinate this effort because it can provide expertise and guidance on resource efficiency, particularly in the sectors of sustainable urban energy planning, urban climate change mitigation, urban transportation, integrated solid waste management, and integrated water resource management.
  • In the context of Rio+20, UNEP is promoting the set-up of a Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC). It is differentiated from other initiatives because it:1. Highlights the need for resource efficiency: minimizing resource extraction, energy consumption and waste generation at the same time safeguarding ecosystem services. 2. It supports policy design and actions for decoupling resource use from environmental impacts and economic growth and hence contribute to sustainable development and poverty eradication.3. Builds on UNEP’s expertise, convening power, and extensive network built through more than a decade of work on cities and buildings. We aim to mobilize partners and different constituencies from governments at both national and local level, UN agencies, international institutions, civil society, business and industry and other major groups
  • In the context of Rio+20, UNEP is promoting the set-up of a Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC). It is differentiated from other initiatives because it:1. Highlights the need for resource efficiency: minimizing resource extraction, energy consumption and waste generation at the same time safeguarding ecosystem services. 2. It supports policy design and actions for decoupling resource use from environmental impacts and economic growth and hence contribute to sustainable development and poverty eradication.3. Builds on UNEP’s expertise, convening power, and extensive network built through more than a decade of work on cities and buildings. We aim to mobilize partners and different constituencies from governments at both national and local level, UN agencies, international institutions, civil society, business and industry and other major groups
  • In the context of Rio+20, UNEP is promoting the set-up of a Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC). It is differentiated from other initiatives because it:1. Highlights the need for resource efficiency: minimizing resource extraction, energy consumption and waste generation at the same time safeguarding ecosystem services. 2. It supports policy design and actions for decoupling resource use from environmental impacts and economic growth and hence contribute to sustainable development and poverty eradication.3. Builds on UNEP’s expertise, convening power, and extensive network built through more than a decade of work on cities and buildings. We aim to mobilize partners and different constituencies from governments at both national and local level, UN agencies, international institutions, civil society, business and industry and other major groups
  • In the context of Rio+20, UNEP is promoting the set-up of a Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC). It is differentiated from other initiatives because it:1. Highlights the need for resource efficiency: minimizing resource extraction, energy consumption and waste generation at the same time safeguarding ecosystem services. 2. It supports policy design and actions for decoupling resource use from environmental impacts and economic growth and hence contribute to sustainable development and poverty eradication.3. Builds on UNEP’s expertise, convening power, and extensive network built through more than a decade of work on cities and buildings. We aim to mobilize partners and different constituencies from governments at both national and local level, UN agencies, international institutions, civil society, business and industry and other major groups
  • Resource Efficient Cities Drivers of Change & Engine to Sustainability-Hoballah

    1. 1. Resource Efficient Cities: Drivers of Change &Engine to Sustainability Arab Hoballah Chief SCP, UNEP
    2. 2. 2 WHY FOCUS ON CITIES ?• Cities status and pressures, part of the Problem – 3% of land surface – 50% of global wastes – 60-80% of global GHG emissions – 50 now, 80% in few decades of population – 75% of natural resources consumed• Cities, drivers of growth, part of the Solution  80% of global GDP produced  Water savings, 30% behavioral changes  Energy savings, 30 to 50% with limited investmenst Opportunities through SCP & Resource Efficiency
    3. 3. Cities: drivers of change, part of the Solution Opportunities: SCP & Resource Efficiency  Lifestyles and behavior  Liveable city  Management of water demand  Energy efficiency in buildings  Transport facilities and modalities  Procurement in cities  « Mining the city or Urban mining» Decoupling in Cities  Environmental impacts  Resource use  Innovation  More and better with less
    4. 4. 4 UNEP’s cities related activities• Approach based on:  SCP and Resource efficiency 1. Buildings 2. Cities 3. Lifestyles and Efficiency Economics 1. Cost of innaction 2. Benefits 3. Incentives  10YFP on SCP
    5. 5. 5We promote and encourage resource efficiency in cities We work with city leaders & other partners to: • Develop systems and policies that ensure sustainable buildings, transport, water & waste management, and urban growth • Decouple resource use from environmental impacts and economic growth • Make significant investments in moving toward a green economy and contribute to global sustainability • Adopt a multi-stakeholder approach in generating sustainable solutions for city issues
    6. 6. A Global Initiative for Resource Efficient CitiesObjective: To enhance the quality of life in urban areas, inparticular in rapidly growing cities in developing countries,while minimizing resource extraction, energy consumption andwaste generation, and while safeguarding ecosystem servicesWhat does it do?• Develop a resource footprint of cities• Links partners and cities interested in resource efficiency• Coordinate and support the development of clear goals and targets• Provides access to expertise and support access tofunding
    7. 7. 7 Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities1 Knowledge and Resource footprint for cities• The initiative will provide partners with knowledge for informed decision- making and will seek to establish synergies with the work undertaken by other partners
    8. 8. Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities 3 Components of the Global Initiative1. Knowledge Hub/Research – Dedicated to further knowledge to facilitate decision making and provide access to information for decision makers in various fields related to resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production; increase access, processing & use of resources through supply chain and LCM;2. Enabling Framework – Offer decision makers technical expertise on policies and tools, support for capacity building and advice on public and private funding towards resource efficiency3. Network Platform – To provide a mechanism for decision makers to exchange experiences, share best practices, and establish a peer-review process across cities for further improving access to resources and their efficient use
    9. 9. Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities 5 Elements of the Global Initiative• Serves as a platform for sharing best practices among city managers• Develops common indicators (e.g., for GHG emissions, city environmental performance assessments, Common Carbon Metric in the building sector, etc).• Provides technical expertise and support for important dimensions of resources efficiency (e.g. supply chain management, life cycle analysis, etc).• Support the dissemination of good practices and new technologies in key sectors (e.g. energy generation, buildings, transport, waste, water and urban planning).• Support the development of clear goals and targets (e.g. reducing energy consumption in buildings) and assist cities in accessing the resources needed to achieve them.
    10. 10. 1 0Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities UNEP’s Approach to Resource Efficient Cities
    11. 11. 1 1Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities UNEP’s Approach to Resource Efficient Cities
    12. 12. 1 2Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities UNEP’s Approach to Resource Efficient Cities
    13. 13. 13Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities UNEP’s Approach to Resource Efficient Cities
    14. 14. 1 4 THANK YOUUNEPDivision of Technology, Industry and EconomicsSCP BranchContacts: E-mails :arab.hoballah@unep.org & soraya.smaoun@unep.orgbuilt.environment@unep.org15, rue de Milan, 75441 Paris Cedex 09, FranceTel : +33 (0) 1 4437 1429Fax : +33 (0) 1 4437 1474Web: www.unep.fr

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