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Task Group on catalysing science-based-policy action on SCP

Task Group on catalysing science-based-policy action on SCP:                           

The science is clear on the need to decouple economic growth from natural resource use, and the positive impacts this would have on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting biodiversity and driving socio-economic development.

Yet this evidence does not always reach key decisions makers in a way that is relevant and actionable.

Our stakeholders, whether governments or businesses, need comprehensive and tailored information to help identify priorities, implement strategies, and monitor impacts around the sustainable management of natural resources. 

To meet this need, the United Nations Environment Assembly has requested that the One Planet network and the International Resource Panel form a task group to catalyse science-based-policy action on sustainable consumption and production. 

Aim and Goals of the Task Group :


The Task Group comprised of the International Resource Panel and One Planet network aims at preparing a pathway for increased uptake by the One Planet network (governments, business, and other stakeholders) and beyond of the scientific data in the International Resource Panel's reports and other available reliable sources, such as UNEP reports and data on material footprint, material consumption and related data accessible through tools such as the SCP-Hotspot Analysis Tool and the World Environment Situation Room, among others. This will be addressed by "translating" the information in these reports and other data sources to extract key data and messages and develop actionable science-based recommendations responding to the needs of different stakeholder's groups including policy makes and businesses.

Composition of the Task Group: 

    Approach of the Task Group

    To achieve its aim, the Task Group applied the value-chain approach to 3 prioritised sectors: Construction, Food and Textiles.

    The value-chain approach anchors natural resource use and environmental impacts within the socio-economic reality of production and consumption and uncovers actionable insights on how the management of resources is connected with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    The approach analyses and discusses data and information in three main steps:


    For a detailed overview of the Value Chain Approach click here 

    Application of the value chain approach:

            Food           Construction  Textiles  
    Step 1: Understanding the value chain & identifying hotspots document here document here Overall report here

    Step 2: Consolidating existing action & identifying opportunities

    document here On-going
    Step 3: Defining a common agenda & prioritizing action On-going  

    The results of the Task Group will be presented at the United Nations Environment Assembly in 2021.

    Full Terms of Reference of the Task Group are available here


    Meetings of the Task Group:

    1st meeting (16.12.2019): Minutes / Presentation

    2nd meeting (20.02.2020): Minutes / Presentation

    3rd meeting (08.04.2020): Minutes / Presentation

    4th meeting (06.05.2020): Minutes / Presentation

    5th meeting (08.07.2020): Minutes / Presentation

    6th meeting (17.09.2020): Minutes / Presentation


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