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Resource Efficiency and Climate Change: Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low-Carbon Future

Full report and more details follow soon. This report was developed by the IRP in response to a request by leaders of the Group of 7 nations in the context of efforts to promote resource efficiency as a core element of sustainable development. It conducts a rigorous assessment of the contribution of material efficiency to GHG abatement strategies. More concretely, it assesses the reduction potential of GHG emissions from material efficiency strategies applied in residential buildings and light duty vehicles, and reviews policies that address these strategies.

Bridging the gap: enhancing material efficiency in residential buildings and cars

Research has shown that demand-side material efficiency offers substantial GHG mitigation opportunities that are complementary to those obtained through an energy system transformation. Demand-side material efficiency widens the spectrum of emissions …