Blackouts: How a utility cured an Ibuprofen plant’s biggest headache

Problem
• Grid reliability. Two to three significant
power outages per year at Albemarle
Corporation's Ibuprofen plant in
Orangeburg, S.C.

Players
• Albemarle Corporation's Orangeburg, S.C.
Ibuprofen plant
• Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities
• Electrical Engineering Consulting & Testing
• Siemens Smart Grid division

Solution
• Distribution automation: A fast bus transfer
system that can handle more than two
sources

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UNEP/UNESCO YOUTHXCHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE AND LIFESTYLES - SPANISH VERSION (PERU)

This publication is the Spanish adaptation and translation for Peru 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, resources and case studies from Peru. 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 Ecología y Desarrollo (ECODES), which is based in Spain and undertakes activities in Latin America and the Caribbean including Peru. UNEP, the publisher of the original text in English, has provided permission for this translation work. ECODES takes sole responsibility for the accuracy of the adaptation and translation.

Published in 2014 by
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  • Spanish

Guidance for Public Authorities on Public Procurement of Innovation

The Guidance for Public Authorities on Public Procurement of Innovation provides easy-to-understand information for any public authority on how to procure innovation. The guide provides:
-An introduction to PPI in practice
-Practical information on how to procure innovation
-Guidance on developing a strategy for PPI
-Explanations of procedures, definitions and answers to common questions
-Case studies and useful resources for further reading

The guide is based on the 2014 EU procurement directives and is ideal for all stakeholders involved in PPI, both those starting out and those looking to improve their current procurement activities.

Available in:
  • English

Advance Copy : SCP Targets and Indicators

The United Nations and its Member States are currently crafting a post-2015 development agenda to build on the Millennium Development Goals. Outcomes of previous UN Summits, including Rio+20 in 2012, have shown that the objective of shifting to sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns is central to achieving sustainable development. Negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, and on the associated sustainable development goals (SDGs), indicate that there is a strong interest in many Member States in embedding the objective of SCP in both. The present advance copy of this UNEP discussion paper provides insights into potential targets and indicators for SCP, based on scientific literature, as well as on past and on-going international processes on sustainable development policy.

As an Advance Copy it is distributed electronically only, will undergo further revision and be finalized prior to the First UN Environment Assembly in June 2014.

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10 YFP
Sustainable Public Procurement

Roadmap for the 10YFP implementation in Asia and the Pacific 2014-2105

The Asia Pacific region is the first in the world to develop such a roadmap, complete with indicators and comprehensive outputs to mainstream SCP in different sectors such tourism, buildings and construction, public procurement, product sustainability information, lifestyles and education for sustainable consumption.

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SCP Targets and Indicators and the SDGs

Based on the review of official documents, reports, and United Nations processes, through an extensive methodology that is detailed in the Annex of the present paper, the following SCP targets and indicators have been identified as being among the most important for inclusion in the SDGs. Whether these targets and indicators are included under a stand-alone SCP goal, or are integrated under other issue-specific goals, it appears crucial that the issue of sustainable consumption and production be placed at the core of the next global development agenda.

To assist member states and other stakeholders in considering these possible targets and indicators, they have been grouped under some of the focus areas defined by the OWG on SDGs, as reflected in the draft of 17 April 2014, prepared by the co-chairs. A matrix summarizing them appears immediately below, and the rationale for proposing them is explored in more depth in the main body of the present paper.

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10 YFP
Sustainable Public Procurement

Introduction to Education for Sustainable Consumption in Indonesia - National Recommendations and Guidelines for Policymakers and Educators

This publication is part of the UNEP pilot project on the “Institutional Strengthening of Education for Sustainable Consumption, Advancing Education for Sustainable Consumption Policy and Implementation Strategies,” implemented in Indonesia. This publication, which is a contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD,2005-2014), is an adaptation of the UNEP publication entitled Here and Now! Education for Sustainable Consumption - Recommendations and Guidelines. The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of Yayasan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan. The publication is available in English and Indonesian.

This publication aims to:

1) Provide a general understanding to policymakers and educators on the importance of ESC which is expected to lead into responsible behaviour in time of environmental degradation, the rising middle class which tend to have over consumption behaviour, and the efforts to bring quality of life for the poor.

2) Bring the recommendations to policymakers to support ESC through formal education and encourage further development of current initiatives in non formal education; conduct more ESC public campaign; regulate sustainable production within business community, ethical marketing, and eco label; and to mainstreaming and integrate ESC into the existing curricula in formal education, and encourage further the efforts of ESC within non formal education.

3) Increase the understanding and knowledge of ESC as conceptual framework to educators and guide the educators in the following elements: integrate ESC into the existing formal education curricula with mixed approaches, develop further various ESC initiatives in non formal education, and reach more audience and strategic agent of change, while adjusted ESC material to specific local condition (to indicate challenges and opportunities) and the profile of the target group; and take the benefits of using social media as dissemination tools of ESC.

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  • Indonesian

UNEP/UNESCO YouthXchange Training Kit on Responsible Consumption: Towards Sustainable Lifestyles - Vietnamese Version

This publication is a Vietnmese adaptation and translation of the UNEP/UNESCO YouthXchange Training Kit on Responsible Consumption, which was published by UNEP and UNESCO in 2008. This 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.

What is UNEP UNESCO youthXchange?
YouthXchange is a train the trainer tool that aims to promote sustainable consumption patterns among young consumers worldwide. The kit provides statistics, case studies, games, examples of real companies going more sustainable, and direction on how explain sustainable lifestyles to a young audience. The topics are tackled under youth-oriented headings: clothing, leisure, travels, underground culture, experiences of other young people etc.

The message
The fundamental message the youthXchange training kit delivers is: there is a trend worldwide that tries to make the world more sustainable also through consumer actions, change is possible through day to day actions and networks among people that are engaged locally and globally.

The target
This group is composed of youth - in both developed and developing countries - that have access to education, media, and internet; they are likely to shape attitudes, values and behaviour and the habits they develop now will influence the future consumption patterns. They are the future decision makers.

For more information, see www.youthxchange.net

Published in 2012 by
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  • Vietnamese

Working with the market to procure sustainable solutions

Five case studies from the City of Barcelona, the London
Borough of Bromley, the Municipality of Cascais, the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) and the Municipality of Kolding

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10 YFP
Sustainable Public Procurement

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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10 YFP
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.

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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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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.

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