Sustainable Use of Natural Resources:
An Essential Solution to Climate Change

A new UN report produced by the International Resource Panel, and led by F&ES Prof. Edgar Hertwich, will be introduced during a special side event at the Paris climate talks on Monday, Nov. 30.

The event, “Sustainable Use of Natural Resources: An Essential Solution to Climate Change,” will begin at 6:15 p.m. CET at the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Pavilion, New Nordic Climate Solutions “Blue Zone,” Hall 2B, Room 65 – COP21, Le Bourget, Paris.
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Edgar Hertwich
During the event, members of the IRP will explain synergies between decarbonization and the decoupling of natural resource use from economic growth. It will also present key policy-relevant messages on how to select the clean, safe and sustainable low-carbon energy technologies.

The event will include a presentation by Hertwich, the new director of the Yale-based Center for Industrial Ecology. He will discuss the findings of the new report which suggests that finding the right mix of green energy technologies for generating electricity will be crucial in reducing the global impact of pollution for the next generation.

The report will be released on Nov. 30.

Full Schedule

18:15-18:20 CET

Opening by the Nordic Council of Ministers

Moderator: Ligia Noronha, Director, UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE)

18:20 — 19:00 CET

What is the sustainable mix of low-carbon energy technologies to meet 2°C target?
Presentation of the “Green Energy Choices: The benefits, risks, and trade-offs of low-carbon technologies for electricity production.” The report will be presented by Edgar Hertwich, lead author of the report, expert member of the International Resource Panel and Professor at F&ES.

A Q&A session will follow

19:00 — 19:40 CET

How can sustainable management of natural resources contribute to combating climate change?
Presentation of The International Resource Panel: 10 Key Messages on Climate Change, by Janez Poto─Źnik, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel; Former European Commissioner for the Environment.

A Q&A session will follow.

19:40 — 19:45 CET

Closing remarks by Ligia Noronha

Please note: To attend the side event, you must be in possession of a conference badge for COP 21.

For more information, please contact: Moira O’Brien-Malone, Head, Communications, UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, Paris. Tel +33 1 44 37 76 12 or mobile +33 6 82 26 93 73, Email moira.obrien-malone@unep.org Zura Nukusheva-Béguin, Secretariat of the International Resource Panel, Tel +33 1 44 37 14 60 or mobile +33 6 37 46 88 02, Email zura.nukusheva@unep.org

Green Energy Choices: The benefits, risks, and trade-offs of low-carbon technologies for electricity production

Rising energy demand and efforts to address climate change require a significant increase in low-carbon electricity generation. Yet, concern has been raised that rapid investment in some novel technologies could cause a new set of environmental problems.

The report of the International Resource Panel (IRP) Green Energy Choices: The Benefits, Risks and Trade-Offs of Low-Carbon Technologies for Electricity Production aims to support policy-makers in making informed decisions about energy technologies, supporting infrastructures and the optimal mix.

The International Resource Panel: 10 Key Messages on Climate Change

This note draws on the findings of the International Re-source Panel (IRP) to highlight 10 key policy-relevant mes-sages conveying that sustainable management of natural resources is essential to global efforts to combat climate change.
To download the reports as of 30 November please visit: www.unep.org/resourcepanel/
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PUBLISHED: November 25, 2015
 

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