Janez Potočnik New Co-Chair Of The International Resource Panel

28-01-14(2)picFormer European Union Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik has become the new co-chair of the International Resource Panel (IRP).

The International Resource Panel (IRP) was launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2007 to build and share the knowledge needed to improve the use of resources worldwide.

The Panel consists of scientists that are highly skilled in resource management issues. Their reports distill the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic findings around global resource use.

They provide advice and connections between policymakers, industry and the community on ways to improve global and local resource management. The Panel includes scientists and governments from both developed and developing regions, civil society, industrial and international organisations.

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and United Nations Environment Promgrame executive director – “As European Commissioner for the Environment since 2010, Mr. Potočnik focused on policies that contributed to preserving natural heritage while promoting growth opportunities, and succeeded in keeping the environment high on the political agenda”

The Panel’s goal is to steer Europe away from over-consumption, waste and ecological harm to a more prosperous and sustainable future.

Mr Potočnik succeeds renowned resource efficiency expert Professor Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker.

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and United Nations Environment Promgrame executive director, said: “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Janez Potočnik to the International Resource Panel. Mr. Potočnik brings to the panel a wealth of knowledge and experience. As European Commissioner for the Environment since 2010, Mr. Potočnik focused on policies that contributed to preserving natural heritage while promoting growth opportunities, and succeeded in keeping the environment high on the political agenda.”

“Under his leadership, the Panel will continue to provide policymakers with the best available science and information to help decouple economic growth from the unsustainable use of natural resources.”

“I am very grateful to Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker for his commitment and guidance of the work of the International Resource Panel through the last years. Under his leadership, and that of Ashok Khosla, who remains as co-chair, the Panel has substantively contributed to advancing sustainability across diverse sectors,” he added

During a strategic meeting in Rotterdam, the Panel identified the following work areas for future research: circular economy (remanufacturing), resource nexus (ecosystem resilience and restoration and poverty eradication), governance of natural resources and poverty eradication (minerals development and improved outcomes), and marine resources (green/blue economy interlinkages).

Maltese politician Karmenu Vella has been appointed as the new European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, after outgoing Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik steps down after four years in the role.


 

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