Establishing a Resource-Circulating Society in Asia

Challenges and Opportunities

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This publication addresses the issues associated with sustainable resource-circulating societies. It focuses on Asia, where both population growth and economic growth are increasingly prominent in the global context. It covers topics related to technological or socioeconomic issues or a combination of both. It provides policymakers, business leaders and experts in the field with comprehensive knowledge concerning future visions, initiatives and practical applications in the promotion of a sustainable resource-circulating society in Asia.



Initiatives and practices for a resource-circulating society

In Western countries the phrase “zero emissions” (ZE) has two meanings: reduction of harmful chemical substances, and an industrial symbiosis that promotes the mutual use of waste and by-products. The United Nations University (UNU) Zero Emissions Forum (ZEF) constructed a wider-ranging concept to expand the one used in Europe and America. It covers reduction of energy and materials consumption, reuse of used products, recycling of materials, use of renewable energy and zero waste from factories. In addition, ZE is designed to create a recycling society; the concept involves not emitting polluting gases or sewage and waste from the community.


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