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Asia-Pacific - Big Resource Efficiency Gains Key Opportunity for 21st Century Prosperity
A new report launched today estimates that per capita resource consumption of 'materials' in the Asia-Pacific region, such as construction minerals and fuels, needs to be around 80 per cent less than today if sustainable development is to be achieved.

The report, prepared by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners including the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, says Asia Pacific's dynamic growth of the past few decades has reduced poverty and increased wealth and per capita incomes. Without a decoupling of GDP growth from resource use, Asia Pacific is likely to be using 80 billion tonnes materials by 2050.

Without world-wide action global resource consumption could triple by mid-century to 140 billion tonnes according to a previous report by UNEP's International Resource Panel launched earlier this year. Asia Pacific currently accounts for more than half of the world's total resource use-in large part because it also accounts for over half the world's population and nearly 30 per cent of the world's GDP.

The report underlines that Asia Pacific has however enormous opportunities to dramatically boost resource efficiency and in doing so boost economic growth, generate new kinds of clean tech industries and reduce if not overturn losses linked with environmental degradation.

The global economy outside Asia Pacific has been registering efficiency gains in respect to the use of materials. In Asia Pacific however efficiency improvements have been stagnant to 1990 and 'since then the region has lost efficiency, requiring 3.1 kg of materials per US dollar of GDP by 2005," says the study.

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, said: "These new findings come some nine months before the Rio+20 conference where the world needs to get back into the business of actioning a truly transformational sustainability agenda".
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