16/10/2018 - Population growth and rising incomes are likely to significantly drive up the global consumption of raw materials over the coming decades, with far-reaching environmental impacts that may also have economic consequences.
A new OECD report, Global Material Resources Outlook to 2060: Economic Drivers and Environmental Consequences, examines how the extraction and processing of biomass, fossil fuels, metals and non-metallic minerals is likely to evolve in advanced, emerging and developing economies between now and 2060. It looks at the environmental implications of these trends, including for climate change, air pollution and the toxic effects on humans and ecosystems, and the potential impact on economic activities such as mining and recycling.
Key findings from the report will be released at 03:00 GMT / 05:00 CEST on Monday 22 October to coincide with their presentation at the World Circular Economy Forum in Yokohama, Japan by OECD Deputy Secretary General Masamichi Kono. (See further detail on the event.)
To request an advance copy under embargo, journalists should email email@example.com. To register to attend the launch event in Japan or for further information, please contact Catherine Bremer in the OECD Media Office (+33 1 45 24 80 97.)
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