Promoting resources efficiency

The overarching aim of this sub programme is to detach economic growth from unsustainable resource use and environmental degradation. In support of a shift to sustainable consumption and production, more focus will be put on production in developing countries and consumption in developed countries.

By building capacities to promote production of environmentally sustainable products, this sub programme supports governments and  private sector to improve their capacities to design and implement laws, policies and management actions that promote the production of resource efficient and sustainable goods and services.  The sub programme disseminates research findings and implement demonstration projects to illustrate the benefits of efficient, clean and safe industrial production methods.

Promoting resources efficiency in Africa focuses on:

  •  Mainstreaming resources efficiency, cleaner and safer production into national economic and development planning and into implementation processes, including national SCP programmes;
  • Strengthening the capacity of National Cleaner Production Centres and similar institutions in developing countries to support governments and business, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises in the implementation of resource efficiency improvement programmes.
  • Ensuring that policymakers recognise the value of environmental investments to economic growth, job creation and poverty reduction, and reflect this recognition in policy decisions
  • Improving awareness, access to and capacity for introducing and managing environmentally sound technologies.
  • Advancing resources efficiency through capacity building, cooperation, information sharing and pilot projects in key sectors and the elaboration and implementation of an internationally recognised 10 Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production.
  • Consolidating the progress that has been made so far on the development and implementation of the African 10 Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

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