Buy Fair- A guide to the public purchasing of Fair Trade Products

This leaflet is meant to provide clear and simple advice for public authorities wishing to purchase Fair Trade products. The guide includes the following:
-An introduction to Fair Trade
-Advice on minimising legal uncertainties in procurement
-Actual text that can be used directly in public tenders
-Suggestions for other complementary activities

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  • English
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Sustainable Public Procurement

ICT's Role in Promoting Sustainable Urban Lifestyles - The case of Stockholm Royal Seaport

The starting point for this report has been to study the potential benefits ICT technology can have in promoting sustainable lifestyles and a special focus has been put on the new eco-district the Stockholm Royal Seaport. We have studied the work being done at the Stockholm Royal Seaport and especially the ICT research projects. We have further studied what sustainable lifestyles entail and also how technology can be used in a persuasive manner to change attitudes and behaviour. Based on all this we have compiled the ICT solutions most suitable for promoting sustainable lifestyles and incorporated these into a new Smart City SRS Concept. In the Smart City SRS Concept we discuss what actions need to be taken to implement the suggested ICT solutions into the Stockholm Royal Seaport and also what actors would need to be involved.

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Building Energy Rating Schemes - Assessing Issues and Impacts

Building energy rating schemes are gaining traction throughout the world,
with a growing number of jurisdictions mandating building performance
rating as part of a comprehensive energy efficiency policy package targeting
buildings. The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation
(IPEEC)1 has established a Buildings Energy Efficiency Taskgroup (BEET) to increase
multilateral cooperation in the field of building energy efficiency, specifically in relation
to the development and implementation of building energy rating schemes.
The BEET has launched an initial project to understand how building energy
rating schemes can be used to have the greatest impact on meeting building energy
efficiency policy goals. This is intended to be helpful to policy makers in IPEEC
countries. Our intent was not to perform assessments of existing rating schemes,
but rather develop an assessment framework that policy makers can use going forward
as part of developing or refining building rating schemes. We also believe that
this framework might serve as a useful foundation for future research comparing
the effectiveness of schemes in different jurisdictions to understand which types of
schemes are delivering the greatest impacts.

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Technology Roadmap : Energy Efficient Building Envelopes

Current trends in energy supply and use are patently unsustainable – economically, environmentally and socially. Without decisive action, energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) will more than double by 2050, and increased fossil energy demand will heighten concerns over the security of supplies. We can and must change our current path, but this will take an energy revolution and low-carbon energy technologies will have a crucial role to play. Energy efficiency, many types of renewable energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS), nuclear power and new transport technologies will all require widespread deployment if we are to sharply reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Every major country and sector of the economy must be involved. The task is urgent if we are to make sure that investment decisions taken now do not saddle us with sub-optimal technologies in the long term.

Buildings represent the largest energy-consuming sector in the economy, with over one-third of all energy and half of global electricity consumed there. As a result, they are also responsible for approximately one-third of global carbon emissions. With improvements in economic development and living standards expected to increase as the planet's population grows by 2.5 billion by 2050, energy use in the buildings sector is also set to rise sharply, placing additional pressure on the energy system.

Transition to Sustainable Buildings detailed how to achieve deep energy and emissions reduction in the buildings sector through a combination of best available technologies and intelligent public policy. This roadmap, together with the Policy Pathway: Modernising Building Energy Codes, lays out the key actions required to transform how buildings are constructed – which is essential, since they will remain in service for generations to come. It also articulates the actions to pursue the energy efficient refurbishment of the existing building stock, since the majority will still be in service beyond 2050.

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Guide pratique du marketing durable (Sustainable Marketing Guide)

A destination des responsables marketing des entreprises, le Guide pratique du marketing durable se veut un outil constructif et pragmatique.

Intended for Marketing managers of businesses, the Sustainable Marketing Guide is a constructive and pragmatic tool.

Published in 2011 by
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  • French

Spanish Strategy: “More food, less waste" - Program to reduce food loss and waste and maximise the value of discarded food

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment has developed the “More food, less waste” Strategy, which falls within its sustainability policies. It aims to encourage transparency, dialogue and coordination between food chain agents and public administrations and to develop in an organised, coordinated and structured way, common actions that contribute to real change in the attitudes, work procedures and management systems of agents in the chain, thereby limiting loss and waste and reducing environmental pressures.

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  • English

UNEP/UNESCO YouthXchange Climate Change and Lifestyles - Vietnamese Version

This publication is the Vietnamese adaptation and translation of the UNEP/UNESCO YouthXchange guidebook on climate change and lifestyles - the first in a series of thematic guidebooks supporting the YouthXchange Initiative. The thematic guidebooks take into account challenges, opportunities, good practices and case studies on global challenges.

This guidebook explores the links between climate change and lifestyles and helps young people consider the actions they might take towards more sustainable lifestyles. Aimed at young people (15-24 year olds) and people working with young people such as educators, teachers, trainers and youth leaders in both developed and developing countries, this guidebook provides scientific, political, economic, social, ethical and cultural perspectives on climate change. It explains complex issues in accessible language supported by facts, graphics images, case studies from Vietnam, and resources. The guidebook includes the following sections: learning as change, climate change and its impacts, living the good life, food and drink, energy control, travel and transport, leisure and entertainment, shopping for stuff, money and jobs, connecting with others and taking action.

The adaptation and translation has been undertaken by the Centre for Development of Community Initiative and Environment (C&E) in Vietnam, with permission from UNEP, the publisher of the original text in English. C&E takes sole responsibility for the accuracy of the adaptation and translation.

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  • Vietnamese

VISUALISING the “HIDDEN” FUEL of ENERGY EFFICIENCY"

Looking forward, energy efficiency will play a vital role in the transition to the secure and sustainable energy future that we all seek. The most secure energy is the barrel or megawatt we never have to use.

Published in 2013 by
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  • English