Pollution has a pervasive impact on people and planet. One of the root causes of pollution – closely related to climate change and biodiversity loss as well – is the unsustainable use of natural resources in our production and consumption models. With natural resource shortages and pollution ranked among the most severe risks we will face over the next decade, collective action to address pollution is urgently needed.

The transition to a more resource-efficient and circular economy not only leads to cost savings and environmental resilience, but also enhanced social equity and well-being through new jobs, the reduction of resource inequality and sustainable consumption patterns. Transitioning to a circular economy is a priority for our planet and health, and will contribute to achieving society’s objectives as set in international frameworks such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement, the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and the Global Framework on Chemicals.

UNEP FI’s work on pollution and the circular economy engages finance practitioners and representatives and experts to provide research, raise awareness, and build capacity within the financial community. Contact Peggy Lefort, UNEP FI Circular Economy and Pollution Lead, to find out how your company can get involved.