World Resources Forum in Davos 2011

Calls for immediate action to double global resource efficiency

Sep 22, 2011 | MARTINA PETER
By 2050, the world population will rise from now 7 billion to 9 billion, putting even greater pressure on natural resources. Urgent action is needed to address the global resource challenges the world is currently facing. Over 400 resource experts from over 40 countries gathered at the World Resources Forum (WRF) – co-organized from Empa – in Davos from 19-21 September 2011. The experts called on governments, industry, business and civil society to take immediate action to double the current level of resource productivity by 2020 and reach at least a fivefold increase by 2050.

Further information you can get here: Official media release from WRF.



About the World Resources Forum

The World Resources Forum is a joint initiative of Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) and Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek (President of the Factor 10 Institute) and is supported by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (BAFU), the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW), the Mercator Foundation Switzerland, Hewlett Packard and other organizations. WRF is a science-based platform to exchange knowledge about the economic, political and environmental implications of global resource use. It promotes innovation for resource productivity by building bridges between scientists, policymakers, business, NGO's and the public. Starting January 2012 the World Resources Forum Association will be established: an independent organisation which will organise the annual World Resources Forum in various parts of the world.

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