Resource Efficient city

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Resource Efficient city
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Last Edit Date 2018-07-02

Resource Efficient city means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

A city that is significantly decoupled from resource exploitation and ecological impact and is socio-economically and ecologically sustainable in the long-term. (1)

This can be achieved through actions such as increasing renewable energy flows, recycling of waste and pollution reduction [...] and monitoring the following: (i) water, electricity and energy consumption; (ii) efficiency interventions to improve the productivity of resource use; (iii) “unaccounted” water (water that is “lost” before reaching its intended customer because of leaks, theft, or other reasons); (iv) renewable energy generated per energy source; (v) amount of waste generated and recycled per type; (vi) greenhouse gas emissions per sector; (vii) urban food flows and food security; (viii) and identification, conservation and management of ecosystem services. (2)

In particular, compact urban forms create the maximum amount of opportunities for resource efficiencies by allowing for infrastructural services and amenities to be shared. (3)

(1) UNEP 2012, Sustainable Resource Efficient Cities, making it Happen!, at, (2) UN-Habitat (2012), Urban Patterns for a Green Economy: Working with Nature,, (3) UN-Habitat (2012), Urban Patterns for a Green Economy: Optimizing Infrastructure,