About the World Resources Forum

The World Resources Forum (WRF) is the global science-based platform for shariAppenzell Headerng knowledge about the economic, political, social and environmental implications of global resource use. WRF promotes innovation for resource productivity by building bridges among researchers, policymakers, business, SMEs, NGOs and the public. Flagship activity is the annual WRF Conference.  

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European Resources Forum urges Commission to continue resource efficiency and circular economy programs

ERFBerlin, 11 november 2014 "The European Resources Forum urges the European governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission to continue with the “Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe” and with the initiatives and actions linked to it, especially with the “Circular Economy Package”. The fear that resource efficiency endangers the economy is wrong."

Over 1,000 participants celebrated World Resources Forum in Arequipa

Kids at WRF 2014Arequipa, 23 october 2014 Over 1,000 participants from 40 countries and international organisations listened yesterday to Vice Minister of the Environment Mariano Castro, who closed the three-day conference, organised in the Peruvian city of Arequipa. Castro and his co-chair Xaver Edelmann, President of the WRF, thanked the local community on behalf of all participants for their warm hospitality. They praised the work of the organising teams, from Switzerland and Peru, including the volunteers from Arequipa universities.

The draft chair summary can be downladed here.

Almost 1.5 million Swiss buildings not fit for energy and environment

Symposium eco-bau 2014 (Photo: courtesy eco-bau)Bern, 26 September 2014  A staggering 1.5 million buildings in Switzerland are not fit in terms of energy consumption and environmental impact over their lifecycle (from construction until demolition). This was stated in a conference organised by the Swiss platform for sustainable construction “eco-bau".

The WRF Secretariat is currently investigating enery and resource related issues in sustainable construction in a pilot project, carried out in cooperation with its hometown, the Swiss city of St. Gallen.

Program update WRF 2014 - find here all speakers, all session outlines and more

Manuel PulgarArequipa, 1 October 2014 The updated program of World Resources Forum 2014 has been published today. The high-level opening session will include welcome speeches by Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Minister of the Environment, Peru, Bruno OberleState Secretary Environment, Switzerland, Mara MurilloDeputy Regional Director of UNEP’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ana María Solórzano, President of the Congress, Peru, Dirk-Jan Koch, Special Envoy, Natural Resources of The Netherlands, and Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland. 

WRF 2014 update - last week for early birds

Welcome to PeruArequipa, 11 August, 2014 The WRF 2014 countdown has started. Many participants have already registered, benefiting from the early bird discounts. After August 16 participants will need to pay the full conference fee. Register here.

The WRF community will this time gather in the magnificent city of Arequipa, Peru, from 19-23 October, to discuss the global resources and climate change challenges. 

According to conference coordinator Maria-Lucia Hijar, the program is close to be finalised. The WRF Parade - modelled after the Zurich Street Parade - will have music and movement, there will be journalist, photo and drawing competitions, award ceremonies, surprise shows, the famous WRF Conference Banquet in the most remarkable setting ever, and a range of once in a lifetime post conference tours and field trips. 

Para más información sobre el World Resources Forum en Perú, por favor comuníquese con wrf2014@worldresourcesforum.org o visite la página en español www.worldresourcesforum2014peru.org/

WRF Energy Congress CO2 emissions compensated in Zimbabwe

ZimbabweZurich, 25 June 2014
South Pole Carbon, partner of WRF since last year's conference in Davos, compensates all CO2 emissions caused by the 160 participants of the Energiekonzept-Kongress (Energy Concept Congress) which was held on the 23rd of May in St. Gallen.

Some 2.656 tonnes of CO2 equivalents (see Certificate) were produced by the participants of our conference, in form of travels, conference materials, logistics and catering.

"Green Lies, nothing for the environment, everything for business" - book launch Bio Schmidt-Bleek

Grüne Lügen

Dornbirn, 5 June 2014 Politicians are blindly running into the wrong direction. That warning gives Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek in his latest book "Green Lies, nothing for the environment, everything for business - how politics and business destroy our world". "Bio" presented his book in the Life Cycle Tower One (LCT One) of Rhomberg-BAU AG in Dornbirn, Austria.

Over 2000 participants at Circular Economy Green Week Event in Brussels

Brussels, 5 June 2014 
“What we need is a fundamental shift in the socio-technical systems, as resource efficiency gains most likely are not sufficient” said Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency at the Closing session of Green Week in Brussels. Only a sound transition from existing technologies to system innovation will allow us to meet the targets set by the EU for 2030 and 2050.

The Green Week in Brussels in the congress centre The Egg was attended by over 2000 participants from June 3 to 5.

WRF 2014 will contribute to improvement of competitiveness of Peruvian policies

Mariano Castro

Lima, 3 June 2014 “The World Resources Forum 2014 will contribute to the improvement of the sustainability and competitiveness of our policies”, claimed the Peruvian vice Minister of the Environment, Mariano Castro, at the press conference launching the WRF 2014 in the facilities of the Ministry of the Environment (MINAM).  

Peru is ready to host the WRF this year.

Energy efficiency is the biggest, fastest and cheapest measure to fight climate change

St. Gallen, 23 May 2014 “Energy efficiency is the biggest, fastest and cheapest measure to fight climate change”, Peter Hennicke, former President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, said in his speech at the Energy Concept Congress, held at “Energiemesse 2014” in St. Gallen.

Energy efficiency could be nothing less than 50% of the solution for the current energy problem and that the energy revolution (“Energiewende”) would be THE ecological modernization program par excellence in Europe and worldwide.

The congress was opened by Regierungsrat Willy Haag and Willy R. Gehrer, President of Geothermie Switzerland and board member of SATW, the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.

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