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Assessing the environmental impacts of consumption and production: priority products and materials - Summary

Assessing the environmental impacts of consumption and production: priority products and materials - Summary

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Published by: United Nations Environment Programme on May 28, 2014
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International Panelfor Sustainable Resource Management
Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production:
Priority Products
and
 materials
 
Editor
: International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, Working Group on the Environmental Impacts of Products and Materials: Prioritization and Improvement Options
Lead Author
: Edgar Hertwich
Contributors
: Working Group on the Environmental Impacts of Products and Materials: Prioritization and Improvement Options: Ester van der Voet, Mark Huijbregts, Sangwon Suh, Pawel Kazmierczyk, Manfred Lenzen, Jeff McNeely, Yuichi Moriguchi Arnold Tukker, TNO and NTNU, edited the full report and summary brochure. Janet Salem and Guido Sonnemann, UNEP, together with Frans Vollenbroek provided valuable input and comments; the Resource Panel’s Secretariat coordinated the preparation of this report. Thanks go to Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Ashok Khosla as co-chairs of the Resource Panel, the members of the Resource Panel and the Steering Committee for fruitful discussions. Additional comments of a technical nature were received from some governments participating in the Steering Committee.Helpful comments were received from several anonymous reviewers in a peer review process coordinated in an efficient and constructive way by Patricia Romero Lankao together with the Resource Panel Secretariat. The preparation of this report also benefitted from discussions with many colleagues at various meetings, although the main responsibility for errors will remain with the authors.ISBN number of the full report: 978-92-807-3084-5 Job Number: DTI/1262/PACopyright © United Nations Environment Programme, 2010This publication may be reproduced in whole or in part and in any form foreducational or nonprofit purposes without special permission from the copyright holder, provided acknowledgement of the source is made. UNEP would appreciate receiving a copy of any publication that uses this publication as a source.No use of this publication may be made for resale or for any other commercial purpose whatsoever without prior permission in writing from the United Nations Environment Programme.Photos: Pawel Kazmierczyk (cover, title page, p.12, p. 16, p.25, p.26); Frédéric Boyer (p. 32, p. 35)Design/Layout: Thad Mermer
Disclaimer
 The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the United Nations Environment Programme concerning the legal status of any country, territory,city or area or of its authorities, or concerning delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Moreover, the views expressed do not necessarily represent the decisionor the stated policy of the United Nations Environment Programme, nor does citing of trade names or commercial processes constitute endorsement.UNEP promotes environmentally sound practices globally and in its own activities. This publication is printed on PEFC-certified ECF paper, using vegetable-based inks and other eco-friendly practices. Our distribution policy aims to reduce UNEP’s carbon footprint.
acknowledgements
The full report should be referenced as follows: UNEP (2010)
Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production: Priority Products and Materials 
, A Report of the Working Group on the Environmental Impacts of Products and Materials to the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management. Hertwich, E., van der Voet, E., Suh, S., Tukker, A, Huijbregts M., Kazmierczyk, P., Lenzen, M., McNeely, J., Moriguchi, Y.
 
priority products
and
 materials
produced by the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management.This summary report highlights key findings from the report, and should be read in conjunction with the full report. References to research and reviews on which this report is based are listed in the full report. The full report can also be downloaded at:
www.unep.fr
It can be ordered on a CD-ROM via email: resourcepanel@unep.org, or via post: United Nations Environment Programme Division of Technology Industry and Economics 15 rue de Milan, 75441 Paris CEDEX 09, France
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