The use of material resources has increased more than ten times since 1900 and is set to double again by 2030.
The UNECE region is a major user and producer of natural resources. Their production and consumption require enormous energy and leads to environmental degradation and increased vulnerability to climate change. Transitioning to a more circular economy and sustainable use of natural resources is therefore crucial for the region.
UNECE provides a variety of tools that can facilitate the widespread adoption of this approach. This shift offers a unique catalyst for cross-cutting SDGs progress, accelerating the move to greener and more resilient economies needed to recover better from the COVID-19 crisis.
Key areas of work
To address the lack of a measurement framework, the 69th plenary session of the Conference of European Statisticians (23-25 June) launches a UNECE Task Force on Measuring the Circular Economy. It will work in the coming two years to define the measurement scope of circular economy and prepare practical Guidelines to measure its most important aspects in a systematic and internationally comparable way.