As of: 24.02.2011UNEP Green Economy Report:
''Towards a Green Economy - Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication''
Chapter on waste management points to the imporance of a development towards more resource and energy efficiency
The United Nations Environment Programme UNEP has recently published a report on sustainable economies and
development. Its part on waste management "Waste - Investing in Energy and Resource Efficiency"
provides information on key data, facts and arguments for a stronger commitment to a green development of the
waste management sector.
The authors take a close look on challenges and opportunities in the waste sector and economic reasons for
investing in a greener waste management sector. Further topics are the effecto of increase investment in the
waste sector and framework conditions promoting greener waste management.
The report's key messages are:
- The increasing volume and complexity of waste associated with economic growth are posing serious risks to
ecosystems and human health.
- The growth of the waste market, increasing resource scarcity and the availability of new technologies are
offering opportunities for greening the waste sector.
- There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to greening the waste sector, but there are commonalities. Most
of the standards are national or local.
- Investing in greening the waste sector can generate multiple economic benefits.
- Recycling creates more jobs than it replaces.
- Improving labour conditions in the waste sector is imperative.
The complete report, subdivided into various aspects regarding green economy and development, is
available for download at: www.unep.org/greeneconomy