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Resource efficiency and climate protection initiative

As of: June 2020

Objective and activities

Emerging economies are experiencing strong industrial growth, which causes increased resource consumption and the associated greenhouse gas emissions. The project supports emerging G20 economies in developing measures and strategies to increase resource efficiency and improve climate protection. To this end, it strengthens the competencies and capacities of key stakeholders in the public and private sectors and promotes the exchange of knowledge and experience with and between G20 emerging economies. Building on this, the target countries are advised on the identification and development of their potential for resource efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction, and the resulting strategies and programmes contribute to the implementation of the NDCs (nationally determined contributions). Working in close cooperation with BMU (German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety), the project supports the inclusion of resource efficiency and climate protection in international dialogue processes, especially in the context of G20.

State of implementation/results

  • Through support to BMU in the planning and implementation of international events, in particular within the framework of the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue, the topic of resource efficiency in international dialogue could be strengthened.
  • The implementation of an internationally accessible webinar on Circular Economy in October 2018 in cooperation with the Green Growth Knowledge Platform with case studies from India and Indonesia reached more than 150 participants and met with a great response. (Link:…).
  • A four-day study trip in November 2018 for 25 key actors from the private and public sectors from eleven emerging countries provided a platform for knowledge sharing and networking. The visit of the European Resource Forum allowed the participants to connect to the current international debate.
  • Several information and training activities with key actors from politics, business and science in Mexico, Argentina and Indonesia with a total of more than 150 participants have created awareness and capacities for the use of resource efficiency potentials for climate protection. The events were supported by the Federal Environment Agency, the International Resource Panel (IRP) and the German Centre for Resource Efficiency (VDI-ZRE).

Project data

Argentina, Indonesia, Mexico

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) - Mexico
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

09/2017  till  02/2021


Initiative Resource Efficiency and Climate Protection (PDF | 671 KB)

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