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Removing fossil fuel subsidies in Morocco

Over a period of three years, Morocco successfully phased out fossil fuel subsidies, thereby promoting sustainable practices such as energy efficiency and renewable energy production. The Government secured cooperation from citizens by informing them and raising consumer awareness before the subsidies were removed. The change has led to more sustainable consumption of energy, and has significantly reduced the cost to the Government.

Innovative water management in Singapore

Singapore has historically suffered from freshwater shortages and water insecurity. In the 2000s the Government of Singapore launched new policies to address this, providing grant funding and support to R&D in public sector and industry, investing in infrastructure to improve water cycle management, including water and wastewater treatment, and raising consumer awareness about water conservation through public information and labelling schemes. This helped increase water independence and establish a thriving and innovative water industry.

Recycling waste tyres in South Africa

In South Africa, the recycling rate for vehicle tyres increased from 4% to 60% in the space of 3 years after the implementation of a new waste management plan. A new circular economy strategy was developed, whereby used tyres were collected from dealers, brought to dedicated depots, and then transported to processing plants for recycling. All activities were funded by introducing a tax instrument that placed a levy on all new tyres.

Thailand National Energy Efficiency Programme

The government of Thailand has embraced energy conservation as a cost effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country, while also strengthening energy security. A complementary set of policies have been implemented, setting standards for industry and incentivising energy efficient projects across society. Financed through a sales tax on petroleum products, the programme has been a great success, significantly reducing peak demand in the country.

Live Green Toronto

The Live Green Toronto initiative helps neighbourhoods and citizens reduce their climate change impacts at the local level by promoting sustainable practices. As well as providing support (advise/consultancy) and informing about available grants, it organises engagement events aimed at raising consumer awareness. Citizens can also benefit from a scheme offering discounts on green products and services in the city, promoting sustainable consumption.

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme

Australia has introduced a water efficiency labelling scheme (WELS), in order to promote a sustainable water cycle. Much of Australia faces regular drought conditions, requiring a strategy for saving water. The national scheme introduces a performance standard requiring certain products to be registered and labelled with a water efficiency label, to inform consumers about more water (and cost) efficient products.

Training farmers to use Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems

In Pakistan, solar powered irrigation represents a clean and affordable water conservation solution for the agricultural sector. In order to promote the uptake of these systems a series of training programmes have been organised with farmers to familiarise them with solar powered pumping issues. By betterinforming and supporting technology adopters, the scheme hopes to accelerate the nationwide uptake of solar powered irrigation. 

Eco Óleo programme: Recycling waste cooking oil

In Brazil, setting up a public-private partnership has solved the problem of pollution deriving from the improper disposal of cooking oil, instead finding a way for it to be collected and recycled. By raising awareness and creating an infrastructure for oil collection, the Eco-Oil programme has transformed the habits of local businesses and society and contributed to waste reduction, with over 20,000 litres of cooking oil collected each month and sold to a local biodiesel power plant. 

Plastic waste reduction scheme for sustainable tourism in Cyprus

A sustainability charity teamed up with a tourism company to help reduce plastic waste in the Cyprus by setting up a sustainable strategy in hotels. Changes such as no longer giving out bottled water, or straws, resulted in a large reduction in the amount of plastic waste generated, in addition to positive impacts on both costs and guest satisfaction. 

Oak Park Crops Research Centre: promoting bioenergy crops in Ireland

In order to promote investment in bioenergy crops, Ireland established a dedicated unit at the Oak Farm research centre. Oak Farm raises awareness of bioenergy crops by researching which crops are suitable for regional conditions, and efficient technologies to increase yields. By directly informing farmers of the economic potential of bioenergy crops, Oak Farm has contributed to the growth of the sector in Ireland.

Streamlining Small Hydro Power Applications and Planning in England and Wales

The Environment Agency of England and Wales introduced a new streamlined process to speed up the complex planning process for small hydropower plants. Through online sharing of relevant data, and providing support and advice to developers, the agency granted licenses for 65 new schemes in 2010, compared to only 10 in 2008. 

Prevention and management of household waste in Flanders, Belgium

The Flemish region of Flanders, Belgium has become the vanguard of waste management in Europe. It boasts the highest waste diversion rate in Europe as almost three-fourths of the residential waste produced in the region is reused, recycled, or composted. Additionally, the region has successfully managed to stabilise waste generation. 

Locally run food cooperatives and outlets to encourage consumption of locally grown food by the communities.

Community food co-operatives are up and running in countries such as the United States, the United KingdomSwitzerland and Germany with the goal of sourcing good quality, fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables, as well as meat and fish products, locally for the members of the community food co-op. Products sold through food co-ops come from local sourcing.