20-Nov, 16:10 - 16:35
Headline Keynote Address by Dr Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair of the UNEP International Resources Panel
We know from the International Resource Panel’s - IRP work that extraction and processing of materials drives all aspects of the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Decoupling growth from resource use and environmental impacts is a must.
Circular economy should be seen as an instrument for delivering decoupling of economic growth from resource use and environmental impacts in practice, as well as a part of the bigger picture of economic, societal and cultural transformation needed to deliver the SDGs.
In the next Global Resource Outlook 2024, IRP will follow the wellbeing logic and redefine sectors as systems. Instead of optimising economic output, we will redefine sectors as systems that provide a societal function, human needs (nutrition, mobility, shelter, essential consumer goods, and their supporting systems such as water and energy). This will allow cross-sector innovation and shifts to a more future-fit business models.