18 June 2012 – Switzerland is dedicating its official side event at the Rio+20 conference to the topic of the green economy. Bruno Oberle, the Director of the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, will present the objectives of the Federal Council in this regard. Representatives of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the Federal Office for Agriculture and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC will demonstrate concrete examples of the green economy at work. A green economy has the potential to transform the current mode of economic development into a sustainable one. Hence Switzerland views the green economy as a key element in the attainment of sustainable development. Switzerland’s side event on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 at the Riocentro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) aims to demonstrate how developed and developing countries can benefit equally from a green economy. Practical experience from politics and concrete instruments for the transformation to a green economy will be demonstrated. Switzerland has already decided to reduce its levels of environmental pollution. Another crucial aim is to reduce natural resource consumption to the level provided by our planet (Footprint 1). To this end, Switzerland must reduce its current resource consumption by a factor of three and hence attempt to decouple economic and population growth completely from environmental pollution and resource consumption. In order for Switzerland to become sustainable, it must adopt a far more efficient approach to its use of resources.
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