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Resource efficiency and climate protection initiative

As of: February 2021

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 face-to-face and online training, study trips, support for studies and information and dialogue events, the promotion of resource efficiency and climate protection at the national level is strengthened in three G20 countries in the public and private sectors. Participation in international events also helps to draw attention to the potential of resource efficiency for climate protection in emerging countries internationally.
  • Several information and training measures with key actors from politics, business and science in Mexico, Argentina and Indonesia with a total of over 150 participants have created awareness and built up capacities for using resource efficiency potentials for climate protection. The events were supported by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), the International Resource Panel (IRP) and the German Center for Resource Efficiency (VDI-ZRE).
  • A study carried out with the support of the project on resource efficiency potential in priority economic sectors of the Mexican state of Guanajuato provided important foundations for anchoring resource efficiency in the government program ("Plan Estatal de Desarrollo Guanajuato 2040"). In addition, the study started an ongoing dialogue between the public and the corporate sector to promote resource efficiency in companies, in which research institutions also participate.
  • In Argentina, the dialogue between private entrepreneurs and the Ministry of the Environment and the Economy, supported by the project, has shown that the contribution of companies to resource and climate protection is essential. A newly developed online-check offers companies a self-assessment tool with regard to contributions to resource and climate protection and a starting point for discussions with politicians about effective and targeted policy measures for industrial resource protection (and climate protection).
  • In Indonesia, the Environment Minister pursues the goal of integrating resource efficiency more closely into other policy areas. The project supported the Ministry of Environment through an inter-ministerial workshop resulting in a first resource efficiency policy action mapping.
  • A four-day study trip for 25 key players from the private and public sector from eleven emerging countries in November 2018 provided a platform for knowledge exchange and networking. The visit to the European Resource Forum allowed the participants to connect to the current international debate.
  • In Argentina, Mexico and Indonesia, developed by the VDI ZRE, face-to-face trainings on resource efficiency for small and medium-sized companies was carried out, local trainer pools were set up for each country and over 100 company representatives from various industries were trained in 2019-2020 (including the textile and food industries).
  • A publicly accessible webinar on circular economy in October 2018 in cooperation with the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP) with case studies from India and Indonesia reached over 150 participants. GGKP also conducted a three-part, publicly accessible online training series on resource efficiency for SMEs in cooperation with the VDI-ZRE in February and March 2020 with over 200 participants.
  • At the World Resources Forum in October 2019, participants from politics, business and science discussed experiences with the implementation of resource efficiency policies, e.g. from India and Mexico. The workshop "G20 Emerging Economies' Perspective on Resource Efficiency: Challenges and Prospects" was carried out in cooperation with the EU Resource Efficiency Initiative India.

Project data

Argentina, Indonesia, Mexico

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

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) - Mexico
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Argentina*
  • State Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) - Indonesia

Implementing partner(s):
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) - Indonesia

BMU grant:
3.000.000,00 €

09/2017  till  02/2021


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

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