Resource productivity and waste

OECD workshops on sustainable materials management


Upcoming event: OECD Global Forum on Environment: Promoting Sustainable Materials Management through Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), Tokyo, Japan, 17-19 June 2014.

The first OECD workshop on SMM was held in 2005 in Seoul, Korea, to take stock of existing understandings on and approaches towards SMM, explore the potential elements of SMM and provide guidance for OECD's future work in this area. The workshop outcome provided, among others, the following working definition for SMM:

“Sustainable Materials Management is an approach to promote sustainable materials use, integrating actions targeted at reducing negative environmental impacts and preserving natural capital throughout the life-cycle of materials, taking into account economic efficiency and social equity.”

A second workshop was held in 2008 in Tel-Aviv, Israel, focusing on the contributions by the private sector to SMM, but also by NGOs and international organisations. The workshop report  provides a summary of discussions. More specifically, the workshop:


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