Sun. Jun 26th, 2022

Berlin, 27 May 2022

Building on the Toyama Framework on Material Cycles adopted in 2016 and the Bologna Roadmap adopted in 2017,

Recalling the findings of the Global Resources Outlook 2019 by the IRP1 and the Global Material Resources Outlook to 2060 by the OECD2 that global resource consumption tripled between 1970 and 2017 and, in a business-as-usual scenario, is projected to double between 2017 and 2060,

Recognising that one third of air pollutionhalf of global greenhouse gas emissions and 90% of biodiversity loss and water stress are caused by the extraction and processing of material resources3, and that societies and economies depend on a healthy environment,

Understanding that, hence, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs, the global climate goals of the Paris Agreement as well as our joint ambitions to protect, conserve, restore and sustainably use biodiversity as well as to prevent and fight pollution cannot be achieved without the transition to a more resource efficient and circular economy, leading to a reduction in global demand for primary resources and the sustainable use of resources across the whole life cycle,

Emphasising the important role of resource efficiency and circular economy in increasing the resilience of our economies, including supply chains, in particular with regard to critical minerals and raw materials, in line with relevant national and regional policies,

Highlighting the importance of the work of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency as well as cooperation with other countries and stakeholders,

We decide to foster and intensify our joint work on resource efficiency and circular economy by committing to the following general approach and actions.

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General approach

With the Berlin Roadmap, the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency (ARE) adopts a systemic approach, aiming to promote resource efficiency and circular economy across all relevant sectors. In so doing, the Alliance members aim to contribute to reducing the climate, biodiversity and pollution impacts of material use, including by promoting the sound management of chemicals, throughout the entire life-cycle of products.

At the same time, we aim to maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of our action by taking into account the scientific research findings on high-impact sectors, products, materials and waste streams and the need for sector-specific measures, giving priority to those actions that simultaneously address multiple environmental challenges.

Relevant action should consider the social dimension of resource efficiency and circular economy measures, including the often disproportionate effect of environmental impacts on disadvantaged communities, and promote adequate and gender-inclusiv…