Metals & Minerals

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Metals and Minerals

Publications

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
International Resource Panel (IRP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Economic activity, in particular within the building and manufacturing sectors, strongly depends on the supply of mineral and metals as core raw materials. In 2010, the global mining industry was valued at US$ 644 billion, three times higher than its value in 2000 (ICMM, 2012). This growth is expected to continue, fueled by the rapid industrialization of developing countries and the development of more metal intensive technologies in the developed world.

Green growth policies are important to reduce the negative impacts of the mining sector on ecosystems and landscapes, including pollution, dangerous waste and carbon emission; they are also critical for reducing the ecological footprint of these materials across their entire life-cycle, from extraction to final user, helping to promote the sustainable growth of the industry and the creation of new jobs.

Learning Products

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Insights

Steven Stone, Chief, Economics and Trade Branch at UNEP discusses the launch of a new conservation fund 'Biofund' in Mozambique.