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  • 17-October-2012

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    Sustainable Materials Management - Making Better Use of Resources

    Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is increasingly recognised as a policy approach that can make a key contribution to green growth and the challenges that are posed by sustained global economic and demogarphic growth. One of the key challenges of the SMM approach is to effectively address the environmental impacts that can occur along the life-cycle of materials, which frequently extends across borders and involves a multitude of different economic actors.   This book outlines a series of policy principles for SMM, examines how to set and use targets for SMM, and explores various policy instruments for SMM.  In addition it provides examples of policy action plans from the UK and the Netherlands, before presenting a series of conclusions and recommendations.
  • 15-October-2012

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    Policy brief on Sustainable Materials Management: A Synthesis

    Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is increasingly recognised as a policy approach that can make a key contribution to green growth and the challenges that are posed by sustained global economic and demogarphic growth.

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  • 12-October-2012

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    Case Study on Critical Metals in Mobile Phones

    This report focuses on four key policy issues: life-cycle externalities, trade policy impacts, material substitution and hazardous waste policies, and used and end-of-life mobile device management. Across these key policy issues, this report has identified the following observations relating to sustainable materials management.

  • 5-June-2011

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    Policy Instruments for Sustainable Materials Management

    The purpose of this report is to identify SMM policy instruments that are currently in use across OECD countries. Lessons learned from existing policy implementation have been used to formulate conclusions and recommendations for the structure of future SMM policy instruments.

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  • 23-May-2011

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    Resource Productivity in the G8 and the OECD - A Report in the Framework of the Kobe 3R Action Plan

    This report, in response to a request made by G8 Environment Ministers at their meeting in Kobe in 2008, presents an evaluation of progress on resource productivity.

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  • 22-May-2011

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    Sustainable Management and Recovery Potential of Non-Packaging Plastic Waste from the Commercial and Private Household Sectors

    The objective of this case study on plastics is to analyse the environmental impacts of plastics throughout their lifecycle and to explore policy opportunities and barriers for SMM, as a way of demonstrating the utility of the SMM concept for policy-making.

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  • 22-May-2011

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    A Sustainable Materials Management Case Study: WOOD FIBRES

    The objective of this case study on wood fibres is to analyse the environmental impacts of wood fibres throughout their lifecycle and to explore policy opportunities and barriers to SMM, as a way of demonstrating the utility of the SMM concept for policy-making.

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  • 22-May-2011

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    A Sustainable Materials Management Case Study: CRITICAL METALS AND MOBILE DEVICES

    The objective of this case study on critical metals is to analyse the environmental impacts of critical metals throughout their lifecycle and to explore policy opportunities and barriers for SMM, as a way of demonstrating the utility of the SMM concept for policy-making.

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  • 22-May-2011

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    A Sustainable Materials Management Case Study: ALUMINUM

    The objective of this case study on aluminum is to analyse the environmental impacts of aluminum throughout its lifecycle and to explore policy opportunities and barriers for SMM, as a way of demonstrating the utility of the SMM concept for policy-making.

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  • 20-May-2011

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    Resource Productivity in the G8 and the OECD

    This report on “Resource Productivity in the G8 and the OECD”, which responds to a request by G8 Environment Ministers at their meeting in Kobe in May 2008, presents an interim evaluation of progress in the last three years.

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