Resource productivity and waste

Focus

  • Conference on Transition to the green economy

    This event, organised in collaboration with the OECD on 6-7 September 2016, is of major strategic nature during the Slovak Presidency of the European Council. Its ambition is to improve understanding of the green economy concept, identify conclusions and pathways for transition as well as to involve and mobilise various actors and stakeholders in the discussions of possible future actions.

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  • Governments can do more to preserve material resources and cut waste

    Advanced economies have reduced their consumption of raw materials and improved waste management, but more should be done to design and produce goods in a way that uses fewer natural resources and produces less waste, according to the new OECD report "Policy Guidance on Resource Efficiency".

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  • Nanomaterials in Waste Streams

    Nanotechnology is an emerging and promising field for advanced applications in industrial, commercial and medical sectors, and nanomaterials can be found today in sunscreens, deodorants and textiles.

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OECD is tackling today’s most challenging resource management issues by promoting the sustainable use of materials in order to reduce their negative environmental impacts and encourage resource efficiency.


VIDEO - Managing natural resources: making more with less

Establishing a resource efficient economy is central to achieving green growth.
It involves improving resource productivity and putting in place policies that ensure a sustainable resource and materials management building on the principle of the 3Rs — reduce, reuse and recycle, and encouraging more sustainable consumption patterns.

Economic instruments for sustainable materials management Resource productivity Sustainable materials management

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Economic instruments, including extended producer responsibility, are key for sustainable materials management.

Economic instruments

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There is a need to decouple material consumption from economic growth.

Resource productivity

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SMM addresses the management of materials through their life cycle.

SMM

 Waste containing nanomaterials Waste prevention and minimisation
Transboundary movements of waste
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Supporting a better understanding of potential risks of naomaterials in waste streams.

Waste & nanomaterials

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Major efforts are needed to reduce waste quantities.

Prevention & minimisation

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There is a need to control transboundary movements of hazardous waste.

Transboundary movement

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