Sustainable Materials Management

Making Better Use of Resources

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Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is increasingly recognised as a policy approach that can make a key contribution to green growth and the challenges that are posed by sustained global economic and demogarphic growth. One of the key challenges of the SMM approach is to effectively address the environmental impacts that can occur along the life-cycle of materials, which frequently extends across borders and involves a multitude of different economic actors.   This book outlines a series of policy principles for SMM, examines how to set and use targets for SMM, and explores various policy instruments for SMM.  In addition it provides examples of policy action plans from the UK and the Netherlands, before presenting a series of conclusions and recommendations.


Policy instruments for sustainable materials management

This chapter seeks to identify current sustainable materials management policy instruments across OECD countries. A review of selected SMM policy instruments evaluates the extent to which the instruments are efficient and effective at achieving SMM. Lessons learned from existing policy implementation are then used to formulate conclusions and recommendations for the structure of future SMM policy instruments.


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