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Resource efficiency in New Zealand: Literature review

Publication date:  December 2009
Publication reference number:  CR 153

The Ministry for the Environment’s resource efficiency policy work looks at how to foster improved productivity while reducing the negative environmental impacts of producing and consuming goods and services.

To effectively target policy in this area, the Ministry is building an evidence base on resource use and efficiency.

In this report, Boffa Miskell Ltd analyses international approaches to resource efficiency, to inform the development of an approach that is specific and applicable to New Zealand and allows comparisons with other countries.

The approach or ‘framework’ that was developed based on this literature review is described by the next report in this series, Resource Efficiency in New Zealand: Framework for Determining Resource Efficiency.

The framework is tested and refined in the third report in this series, Resource Efficiency in New Zealand: Assessment of Business Sectors.