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Sustainable Materials Management

Making Better Use of Resources

Published on October 17, 2012

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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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface
Acronyms
Overview and Recommendations
Résumé et recommandations
SMM principles
Setting and using targets for SMM: Opportunities and challenges
Policy instruments for sustainable materials management
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BACKGROUND

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 demographic 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.

 

 

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Figure: Systems view of material flow cycles and policy frameworks

Figure: Systems view of material flow cycles and policy frameworks, Source: OECD (2011c), Policy Principles for Sustainable Materials Management, Paris