Fritz Hinterberger gives key note speech at UNIDO Round Table on Resource Efficiency

As part of this year’s annual conference of the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Fritz Hinterberger was invited to give a key note speech at a high-level workshop entitled “Promoting innovative industries and technologies for a sustainable future in the Europe and NIS region”, taking place on 30th of November at the UN centre in Vienna.

The workshop, organized by UNIDO’s “Europe and Newly Independent States Programme” aims to identify options for industrial modernization in this region, in order to move towards more resource and energy efficient and low carbon economies in that world region.

For the workshop, SERI prepared a background paper entitled “Resource use and resource efficiency in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States”. The paper provides an assessment of material consumption and material productivity in 30 countries across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Newly Independent States (NIS) in the Caucasus and Central Asia between 1995 and 2008.

The results show that material extraction in the 30 countries grew significantly between 1995 and 2008, most notably of construction minerals; the volume of material trade doubled; per capita consumption increased by 25%, from 9.8 tonnes in 1995 to 12.2 tonnes in 2008 and was thus above the global average of 10.4 tonnes but below EU-15 average of 18.6 tonnes per capita in 2008. Material productivity rose by 42 per cent between 1995 and 2008, and most of the countries experienced a relative decoupling between per capita GDP and per capita material consumption.

The paper can be found here.

More information about the workshop can be found here.

The presentation of Fritz Hinterberger can be downloaded here.

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