UN Climate Change News 8 February, 2019 - According to the UN-aligned group International Resource Panel, the global use of materials has more than tripled since 1970 and could double again by 2050. This has major implications for climate change and climate action.
62 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions — excluding those from land use and forestry — are released during the extraction, processing and manufacturing of goods to serve society’s needs.
A central part of the solution to climate change therefore lies in the so-called "circular economy" - a regenerative system in which resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimized by slowing, closing, and narrowing energy and material loops.
In her second address students at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar on 6 February 2019, the UN's top climate change official Patricia Espinosa spoke about the "“Circular Economy as A Path Towards Sustainability”.
For more information about Patricia Espinosa's full lecture please click here.